The Union Cabinet approved two Medical Bills that was lapsed in the 16th Lok Sabha session

Last Updated: June 13, 2019

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The Union Cabinet approved two Medical Bills that was lapsed in the 16th Lok Sabha session
13 June 2019 Current Affairs: The Union Cabinet approved the two Medical Bills, Indian Medical Council (Amendment Bill), 2019, and the Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment Bill), 2019. Both the bills had lapsed in the 16th Lok Sabha session. 
The Bills are to be reintroduced in the upcoming Parliament session. 

Indian Medical Council (Amendment Bill), 2019:
The Bill is aimed at bringing in accountability, transparency, and quality in the governance of medical education in the country. The bill will also provide for supersession of the Medical Council of India (MCI) for a period of two years from August 26, 2018.
The Board of Governors shall exercise the powers and functions of the MCI as assigned under the IMC Act, 1956. The Board of Governors (BoG) members will be increased from existing 7 to 12.

Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment Bill), 2019:
The Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment Bill), 2019 is intended to extend the period for reconstitution of the Central Council from an existing period of one year to two years. Also, the tenure of the Board of Governors will be extended for a further period of one year with effect from May 17, 2019.

Dentists Act, 1948:
The Centre has also approved the introduction of a Bill to amend the Dentists Act, 1948. The Bill aimed to make the Dental Council of India more effective. The Bill is expected to restructure the Dental Councils. Also, the representation of Central government members and elected members would no longer be made mandatory in the Dental Councils.

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