NITI Aayog has put forward a proposal to replace the current Medical Council of India (MCI) with a National Medical Commission and the same has been approved by most of the states. The Parliamentary Standing Committee report, out in March 2016, had referred to the need for drastic reform of the Medical Council of India. It stated that the MCI neither “represents professional excellence nor its ethos” and that it lacks transparency.
NITI Aayog recently had a meeting with the representatives from as many as 20 states. Vice-Chairman, Arvind Panagariya chaired the meeting to discuss about MCI and most of the Indian states were said to be in favour of the recommendation of replacing it with the National Medical Commission. “Most States were on board with the recommendations given by the Aayog’s. One of the significant proposals is that instead of just one chairman of the new regulatory body, there should be some members also. Also, the States have asked for more representation in the commission,” shared an insider.
It has also been proposed that in order to advise the commission on various tasks from time to time, a consultative committee must be formed. However, the commission would not be bound to follow the given suggestions.
The final recommendations for the same shall be sent to the Prime Minister for approval for which the bill would most likely be presented in the Parliament during this winter session.