The Medical Council of India, the 63 year old Indian Medical Regulatory Body was replaced with a 33 member National Medical Commission from September 25 . The MCI has been mired in controversies of corruption in the last decades of its functioning , which even went to the extent of the Supreme Court appointing an oversight committee to check the murky affairs at the helm of MCI. Later the MCI was superceded with a 7 member Board of Governors after disbanding the Medical Council.
In its resolve to clean the proverbial Augean Stable , the Supreme Court appointed Sri Alok Saxena , a 1989 batch I PoS officer from UP cadre as the Chief Vigilance Officer of MCI . Since his appointment as CVO Mr. Saxena keenly investigated all the cases relating to corruption within MCI and recommended action in over 30 files that were pending enquiry for the past more than 5 years .
Among various actions taken by Saxena , he has recommended CBI probe against some officials of the MCI who had conspired to procure registration for some quack doctors who were possessing fake medical degrees . A cartel itself was operation within MCI which was securing permanant registration to people with fake medical degrees from abroad .
These officials had committed extensive irregularities within the system like forging of records to interpolate the names of unqualified fraudsters in the Register of Medical Practitioners . For the purpose even the FMGE results were doctored by these people. Obviously none of it came cheap and for securing permanant registration amounts ranging from 25 lakhs to over 1 Crore was demanded.
Saxena has put his axe also upon the all too powerful lobby that is involved in clandestinely getting recognition to Medical Colleges and increasing medical seats in institutions on payment of huge amounts. Eight cases are already registered by CBI against MCI officials in offences involving corruption, forgery and fraud.
Mr. Saxena has placed a 300 page report before the Supreme Court containing recommendations of stern action against erring officials and those quack doctors who have been practising Modern Medicine with fake Degrees, cheating the whole system and poor patients under the cover of fraudulently obtained Medical Council Registration including freezing of their accounts and confiscation of their and family members’ assets. It is said that the agencies are already told to trace and freeze the assets of the involved people . Among the quack doctors who are proceeded against, one each is from Odisha and West Bengal and another is from Kerala, sources in Delhi said .