New Delhi, Jul 2 : BJP lawmaker Sanjay Jaiswal on Tuesday strongly defended The Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Second Bill, 2019 saying the government move to bring in 'check and balance' in the functioning of the Medical Council of India (MCI) will bring in drastic improvement in the functioning of medical colleges in the country.
Participating in the discussions on the draft law, Mr Jaiswal said in 2010 even the UPA regime had felt about the need for changes in law vis-a-vis the functioning style of MCI but they tried to 'take over' the organisation.
"We brought in the reforms," he remarked, adding the new norms have made it difficult for even medical college owners to recommend their own children to get admission.
"Everything will be on merits....This is the change we brought. This is the change brought by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the two Health Ministers Dr Harsh Vardhan and J P Nadda," he said in presence of incumbent Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Vardhan.
Mr Jaiswal said the genesis of the problem in MCI rules and its functioning started way back in 1993 when the body was given 'free hand' to give permission for setting up of medical colleges.
The rights of the state governments and also the Centre was surrendered, he remarked.
Mr Jaiswal particularly lauded the decision of the Prime Minister that henceforth for every three parliament constituencies there will be one medical college.
"Even my constituency Paschim Champaran got one," he said, adding that after many years Mahatma Gandhi's 'karma bhoomi' got a medical college.
The Champaran Satyagraha of 1917 was the first Satyagraha movement inspired by Mahatma Gandhi and a major revolt in the country's Independence movement against the colonial rule.
Earlier piloting the Bill, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan highlighted the merits of the new draft law.
The Bill provides for the Board of Governors to consist of up members including persons of eminence in medical education, appointed by the central government. The Bill amends the provision to increase the strength of the Board from seven members to 12 members.
Further, it allows for persons with proven administrative experience to be selected in the Board. The Bill provides for the Board of Governors to be assisted by a Secretary General appointed by the central government.
Mr Jaiswal, however, said dependence on medical experts and directors of top institutions could not be serving the broad purpose often as some of those eminent people may not have enough time to sit over and decide about the fates of 500 medical colleges.
The Bill amends the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 and replaces the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Second Ordinance, 2019 which was promulgated on February 21, 2019.
Congress floor leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury opposed the Ordinance route frequently adopted by the Modi government saying such a strategy was undemocratic.
On Monday also, Mr Chowdhury had highlighted his grievance on the use of Ordinance route to bring in new laws in the country. (UNI)