NEET: Bills to replace ordinance to be introduced in Parliament today

The Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2016 and the The Dentists (Amendment) Bill, 2016 will be introduced in Lok Sabha


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Under mounting pressure from several states, government had in May promulgated two ordinances to keep state boards out of the ambit of uniform medical and dental entrance examination for this year. 
 Photo: Prasad Gori/HT
File photo. Under mounting pressure from several states, government had in May promulgated two ordinances to keep state boards out of the ambit of uniform medical and dental entrance examination for this year. Photo: Prasad Gori/HT

New Delhi: Two bills seeking to replace as many ordinances to keep state boards out of the ambit of uniform medical and dental entrance examination NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) for this year are set to be introduced in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

The Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2016 and the The Dentists (Amendment) Bill, 2016—seeking to amend the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 and the Dentists Act, 1948 to replace the ordinances were slated to be introduced in the lower house Monday by health minister J.P. Nadda. But following the demise of sitting Bharatiya Janata Party MP Dalpat Singh Paraste in June, the proceedings of the House were adjourned for the day as a mark of respect.

Minister of state for parliamentary affairs S.S. Ahluwalia was also to table copies of the two ordinances in the House. Now, Monday’s legislative agenda will be carried forward on Tuesday. While an ordinance has a life of six months, it should be passed as a bill within 42 days (6 weeks) from the day a Parliament session commences to prevent it from lapsing.

Under mounting pressure from several states, government had in May promulgated two ordinances to keep state boards out of the ambit of uniform medical and dental entrance examination, NEET, for this year.

The ordinances seek to “partially” overturn a Supreme Court verdict which said all government colleges, deemed universities and private medical colleges would be covered under NEET.

On 14 July, the Supreme Court had said the validity of the Centre’s ordinance allowing states to conduct separate entrance tests for admission to MBBS and BDS courses for the 2016-17 academic year was “in doubt”, but had rejected a plea seeking a stay on it saying half the states have already conducted their tests.

“It is disturbing and not proper for the government to bring an ordinance allowing states to hold their own tests despite our orders...prima facie, we find that the validity of the ordinance is in doubt,” a bench comprising justices A.R. Dave, A.K. Goel and Shiv Kirti Singh had said.

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