Corruption in MCI continues unabated

 Most complaints involve medical colleges from Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, sources in the Health Ministry told Deccan Herald.

Tough task

An exasperated Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad admitted on Monday that touts are coming back to the MCI after the formation of the board, making the job all the more difficult for the six members who were chosen because of their “honesty and integrity.”

Headed by Shiv Kumar Sarin, a professor at G B Pant Hospital in Delhi, the board comprises Ranjit Roychaudhuri, Sita Naik, R N Salhan, Devi Shetty and Gautam Sen.

“The board was given the power of the minister. It will take a final decision on the colleges. The members have to be very careful and should take just and fair decision without fear,” he said.

80 complaints

About 80 complaints on corrupt practices in medical education were received by the ministry, all of which are now being investigated.

Though Azad did not name the states from where the complaints were received, it is learnt that bulk of them are from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

The minister has threatened to take strong action not only against the touts but also against the institutions, which sought to take the service of those touts rather than improving the infrastructure and faculty positions.

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