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Dentists Bill, Indian Medical Council Bill introduced in LS
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Dentists Bill, Indian Medical Council Bill introduced in LS

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New Delhi, Jun 27: A Bill which will amend the Dentists Act, 1948 and help to restructure the Dental Councils was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Thursday .

The Bill provides certain modifications to the provisions of the Dentists Act with regard to the membership of the Dental Council of India and membership of state and joint state dental councils. Minister of State for Health and Family welfare Ashwini Choubey introduced the The Dentists (Amendment) Bill, 2019.

The amendment will help restructure the Dental Councils and the representation of the central government members and elected members would no longer be made mandatory in the dental councils. The minister also introduced The Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which is aimed at bringing in transparency, accountability and quality in the governance of medical education in the country and would provide for supersession of the Medical Council of India (MCI) for a period of two years or until the said council is reconstituted, whichever is earlier.

During this period, the Board of Governors will exercise the powers and functions of the MCI as assigned under the IMC Act, 1956. The number of members in the Board of Governors will be increased to 12 from existing 7. Further, it allows for persons with proven administrative capacity an experience to be selected in the Board.

The Bill provides for Board of Directors to be assisted by a Secretary General appointed by the central government and will be head of the secretariat in the council. The Bill seeks to replace the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Second Ordinance, 2019. (UNI)