On the 6th of April, Wednesday, the Indian National Congress (INC) Member of Parliament Mr. Jairam Ramesh issued a plea to regulate fees of private medical colleges in the Rajya Sabha proceedings. He also called for increasing the number of government medical colleges in India.
Raising the issue through a Zero Hour mention, the INC MP said that only 53 % of all medical institutions in the country are government colleges and the rest are private whose population has been increasing over the last few years. The Union Government came up with the NMC Bill in 2017 that provided for the National Medical Commission to regulate fees and all other charges for not more than 40% of seats in private medical colleges.
The Standing Committee changed it to at least 50%, but the Act passed by the Parliament in 2019 changed at least 50% to 50%. Mr. Jairam Ramesh said, the high fees charged by private medical colleges on seats outside the NMC purview. Addressing the MPs, the INC leader said, “We must increase the population of government medical colleges (and) we must strictly regulate the fees of all medical institutions including private institutions.” Adding to it, he said, “There is an acute shortage of medical doctors and public health professionals in this country. The belief that private medical education will form the foundation of medical education in this country is deeply, deeply flawed and deeply dangerous.”
The matter was raised during the ongoing 2022-2023 Union Budget Session in Delhi.
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