Rajya Sabha on Thursday passed the controversial National Medical Commission Bill despite the widespread protest from the medical fraternity including Indian Medical Association (IMA).
The bill intends to replace the corruption-plagued MCI with a new body, in what was described by the government as one of the biggest reforms for medical education in the country. The bill that seeks to repeal the Indian Medical Council Act 1956 was passed by a voice vote, amid a walkout by AIADMK. The Lok Sabha on July 29 had passed the National Medical Commission Bill 2019.
Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, in his reply, on the debate on the bill said NEET is already an institutionalised body which is conducting examinations in 13 languages.