The Health Ministry moved a cabinet note on July 5 on the bill that seeks to establish a new, transparent body, the National Medical Commission (NMC) that will replace the Medical Council of India (MCI), current regulator of medical education in the country.
The draft bill that is going to bring reform in the area of medical education was approved by a Group of Ministers (GoM), headed by Arun Jaitley, the Finance Minister. This reform included the introduction of National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to medical courses.
The bill was originally drafted by a committee set up by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The committee included Additional Principal Secretary to the PM, PK Mishra; then Health Secretary, BP Sharma; and CEO of NITI Aayog, Amitabh Kant.
The Bill will replace the Indian Medical Council Act of 1956. This decision was taken after the conclusion that MCI had become a corrupt body.
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