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    NMC Bill cleared after govt allowed more state representations, reached out to regional parties

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    The Centre has now increased the number of members in the NMC to 22 from 14, giving more representation to the states in the body which could replace the scam-tainted Medical Commission of India.

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    NEW DELHI: Three amendments and backchannel talks with parties have seen the Centre break the impasse on the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, which was in the eye of a controversy as doctors protested outside and the Opposition inside Parliament.

    The Centre has now increased the number of members in the NMC to 22 from 14, giving more representation to the states in the body which could replace the scam-tainted Medical Commission of India. “This was the only bill that the government took the Opposition’s suggestion,” Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha MP Derek O’ Brien said. “The health minister agreed that if the number of members to be nominated by the states is increased, the states get a better representation in two years rather than four years.”

    Health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan told ET the regional parties had their reservation about the representation in the NMC. “So, we addressed the representation with the amendments,” the minister said. Without going into specifics, Dr Harsh Vardhan said, “some were touchy about a certain provision, some others were touchy about another. So, we decided to take everybody along and take them on board.”

    Three amendments were introduced— two in Section 4 of the bill. Now, Section 4 (4) (b) says, “The following persons shall be appointed as part-time members of the Commission, namely… (b) ten members to be appointed on rotational basis from amongst the nominees of the states and union territories, under clauses (c) and (d) of sub-section (2) of Section 11, in the Medical Advisory Council for a term of two years in such manner as may be prescribed”. Section 4 (4) (c) reads, “nine members to be appointed from amongst the nominees of the states and union territories, under clause (e) of sub-section (2) of Section 11, in the Medical Advisory Council for a term of two years in such manner as may be prescribed.”
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    Suchindranath Aiyer358 days ago
    Effectively, there will be no change.
    Have corruption or incompetence declined in Government hospitals? No. In private hospitals? No.
    In an India where corruption, reservations, and lack of accountability begins at the very top e.g. Constitution, Laws, President, Prime Minister, Judiciary, IAS, IPS etc, Doctors will find a way around any and every hursle that the Monkey Bath Mahdi Sarkar places in their path.
    For example, what did demonetization achieve?
    These are all “shock and awe “cosmetics that ignore the elephant in the room which is pervasive corruption, reservations and lack of accountability.
    Modi is a past master of Nehruvianism. These are all proclamations without substance just as India proclaims itself to be a democracy, secular and republic without being any of the three as it lacks the fundamental requirement of equality under law.
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