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PMO directs Mohfw for “Appropriate Action” against NMC officials for failure to disclose their assets

New Delhi: The Prime Minister’s Office has directed the Union Health Ministry for “appropriate action” in response to a complaint lodged by Dr K V Babu an ophthalmologist based in Kerala against National Medical Commission members who have not disclosed their assets on the official website thereby violating the NMC Act 2019. This information came to light through a response to a Right to Information (RTI) query by Dr Babu. The directive from the PMO emphasizes the need for accountability and adherence to statutory obligations within the National Medical Commission.

Dr. Babu filed the complaint with the PMO on October 16, urging intervention and the issuance of appropriate directives to the NMC. The NMC is urged to ensure transparent functioning in response to the concerns raised. In his complaint, he noted the absence of responses from both the health ministry and the NMC. Furthermore, the NMC members have not adhered to the standard practice of disclosing their assets on the official website. Dr. Babu received the response from the PMO which said that his letter has been received and has been forwarded online for action as appropriate through Public Grievances Redress and Monitoring System (CPGRAMS) to Department of Health and Family Welfare. “Redressing a grievance is under the purview of appropriate authority dealing with the subject specified. Therefore, the information sought relates to the authority concerned to which the complaint was forwarded.” the reply from PMO said.

Dr. Babu, who has been actively pursuing this matter for several months and he stated that he has for the first time received a response from the government. “While the NMC is stone-walling the RTI applications regarding the disclosure of assets by NMC members, the Ministry of Health, which has a responsibility to intervene, has been evasive on the matter,” he said. “The response from the PMO, which has taken action by registering the complaint and forwarding it to the ministry, is a step in the right direction,” said Dr Babu. Dr Babu added that “I believe now the NMC has to disclose the assets of its members and upload the details on the website and comply with Section 6(6) of NMC Act 2019, which makes it mandatory for the members to reveal their assets”.

Failure to adhere to the NMC Act constitutes professional misconduct. This implies that, beyond potential removal from their positions, members could face the suspension of their licenses to practice, given that all members are from the medical field and are bound by the country’s laws.