Lawmakers analyse agreement on Medical Education Bill revision
KATHMANDU: Lawmakers from the ruling and opposition parties have started minutely analysing the agreement relating to revision of National Medical Education Bill, reached between the government and Dr Govinda KC.
The lawmakers are preparing to exercise their sovereign rights by analysing the agreement reached with Dr KC as well as the country's necessity with regard to formulation of laws as per the agreement, which will have a long-term impact on medical education.
The nine-point agreement reached between the government and Dr KC on Thursday state that letter of intent shall not be given for the operation of bachelor level classes under the medical, dental and nursing programmes in Kathmandu valley for the next 10 years from the commencement of the act, as reported by Rastriya Samachar Samiti.
The agreed issues should be integrated into the Bill through amendments in order to legalise them.
Following the agreement, Dr KC had ended his 15th fast-unto-death on the 27th day, which was welcomed by the lawmakers from both ruling and opposition parties.
Nepal Communist Party (NCP)'s Ram Narayan Bidari said, with the withdrawal of note of dissent registered by the opposition to not allow the Bill, the general process for formulation of the act had begun. "The right to determine the form of Bill and pass it is held by the Parliament. Voices of outsiders should not be totally ignored while taking the decision on the matter, but the ultimate right is with the Parliament."
He went on to say that Medical Education Commission proposed in the Bill will take decision on affiliation issues by forming a standard.
On the other hand, Nepali Congress lawmaker Bhimsen Das Pradhan said, giving affiliation may fall under the jurisdiction of the Commission, however, any decision it takes should not contradict with the consent and suggestions of civil society leaders like Dr KC.