In an unprecedented move GOI passed an Ordinance to replace MCI with a committee till the time new legislation (NMC bill) is passed. Earlier NMC bill was to be passed in the parliament in the monsoon session but could not be passed. Soon after this the Supreme court mandated Oversight committee tenure got over and the oversight committee communicated its displeasure to Ministry of health about the functioning of MCI
Earlier this month the ministry of health also asked the MCI to have fresh elections as the term of elected body members of the MCI is also to end soon. This move of Ministry of health gave a signal that MCI is to stay, But on the contrary this ordinance came as a surgical strike to the MCI office which cease to exist as the President Ram Nath Kovind have already signed the ordinance.
However not so surprisingly the new Board or committee consists of exactly the same members as the earlier oversight committee appointed by the government. But this time the new committee will enjoy all powers as the MCI officials as asked to vacate the chairs and the new committee is formed through Ordinance. This will not be just the oversight committee but a full fledged replacement of MCI till the NMC bill is passed. This also reflects Government’s commitment for NMC bill.
The 7 member committee to run MCI constitute of
- Dr V. K. Paul as Chairman (Professor HOD Pediatrics AIIMS)
- Dr Randeep Guleria as Member (Director AIIMS)
- Dr Jagat Ram as Member (Director PGIMER Chandigarh)
- Dr BN Gangadharan as Member (Director NIMHANS Bengaluru)
- Dr Nikhil Tondon as Member (Professor and HOD Endocrinology AIIMS)
- Dr S Venkatesh as Ex Officio member (DGHS)
- Dr Balam Bhargav as Ex Officio member (ICMR)
Further the government also appointed a secretary general to assist the new board namely: Dr Sanjay Shravastava (Deputy Director DGHS)
The Supreme Court in its judgment dated 2 May 2016 issued directions to the central government to constitute an oversight committee with authority to oversee all statutory functions of the MCI till a new legislation comes in.