Maharashtra Medical Council polls in December, members hail court decision

The elections will be held on December 18, a notification by Ajit Sasulkar, Returning Officer, Election to the MMC, has said.

By: Express News Service | Pune | Published:September 23, 2016 5:38 am

After Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC) — a quasi-judicial body governing medical issues — was dissolved, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) had sought court intervention against the state decision. Ruling in their favour, the court has now directed the state to issue a notification for elections to be held to the MMC. On September 20, a government notification was issued inviting nominations for the elections to the the MMC by October 24.

The elections will be held on December 18, a notification by Ajit Sasulkar, Returning Officer, Election to the MMC, has said. The state medical council had been reconstituted after a long gap in 2011 and of 18 members in the council, nine are elected and nine appointed by the state.

It may be recalled that in July this year, the IMA had approached the Bombay High Court against the appointment of

Dr Dilip Wange, an associate professor at R A Podar Ayurveda College and the registrar of the state’s ayurveda council, as the new registrar of the MMC.

The IMA petition had objected against this decision and said the government action was arbitrary. The MMC’s five-year tenure ended in May this year.

The MMC had been dissolved and the state medical education department had appointed Dr Abhay Chowdhary as administrator of the state medical council.

Following the HC decision, Dr Shiv Utture, former executive committee member of the MMC said the court order would now allow a democratically elected body.