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Sudip, Sougata stand beside IMA against NMC Bill

Kolkata: Trinamool Congress MPs Sudip Banerjee and Sougata Roy on Sunday joined Indian Medical Association's (IMA) movement against the National Medical Commission Bill, extending their moral support to the campaign.
IMA Bharat Yatra was flagged off at Kolkata on Sunday, in presence of National Secretary General Dr R N Tandon.
IMA's Bharat Yatra is a nationwide campaign against the implementation of the National Medical Commission Bill. It was kicked off from near the house of Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy. "Connect with Society and Consolidate the Fraternity" is the theme of the IMA Yatra. Bharat Yatras were simultaneously flagged off from other cities like Jammu, lmphal, Ajmer and Dwarka on Sunday.
A nationwide mass contact program through IMA Bharat Yatra has been planned to reach out to the society and fraternity, to highlight the issues of community and profession, especially NMC and other long-pending issues.
State Secretary of IMA Dr Santanu Sen said that this Yatra will cover more than 150 Branches of IMA in next 3 days. On March 8, there will be a historic car rally consisting of nearly 500 vehicles from the airport to IMA state office, under the leadership of Dr Ravi Wankhedkar, National President, IMA, at 2 p.m.
IMA had strongly opposed the NMC Bill, which seeks to replace the existing Medical Council of India (MCI), the highest medical regulating body, with the new body National Medical Commission (NMC).
According to the IMA, once the NMC Bill is implemented, it would strengthen the hands of private companies in the health service industry. Medical aspirants will not be able to study medical courses on the basis of their merit and it would help those who can get their children admitted in MBBS course against a huge amount of money. They called the Bill anti-people and undemocratic.
Under this campaign, the leaders of IMA will travel to the nooks and corners of the country, creating awareness among people about the ill-effects of the National Medical Commission Bill. All the local branches of IMA will conduct cycle rallies in their towns on March 11 this year. The campaign which will start from Sunday and will continue for the next one month, throughout the country.

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