The ongoing tiff between the minister for medical education and research Anil Joshi and president of Punjab medical council (PMC) president Dr GS Grewal on Saturday took a new turn when the minister ordered his department to set up a fresh panel to nominate new PMC president.
The minister also sought clarification on Dr Grewal’s term as president.
Joshi told HT that he was acting on merit and won’t go beyond the law as he has nothing personal against Dr Grewal. Quoting the Punjab Medical Council Act- 1916, Joshi adds that term of Dr Grewal as member of PMC has already expired. A PMC president is elected from amongst the council members, claims the minister.
If Joshi is to be believed, his orders mean the end of Grewal’s tenure as president.
Grewal, who has been very vocal on the matter so far, refused to comment on the matter on . He only said the act was being wrongly interpreted with the sole motive to oust him.
As per a Punjab government notification issued on December 22, 2011, Grewal was appointed as PMC president for a period of three years or till new PMC body is constituted. Later, the term was extended from three to five years on September 11, 2014. Grewal’s close aide told HT that the term of a PMC member and president are two different issues. Grewal’s term is ending in December 2016 and not December 2015 as perceived by the minister.
He says the Act says the state government shall nominate a person to the PMC president’s post from amongst the registered (medical) practitioners.
“The Act is very clear that the vice- president shall be elected from amongst the members of the council (PMC) in the prescribed manner,” he added.
In the past, Grewal had been alleging the minister was supporting unscrupulous doctors. Joshi has initiated an inquiry against Grewal for indulging in unethical practices while managing the affairs of PMC.
Later Grewal’s elder brother and Akali spokesperson Maheshinder Singh Grewal said Joshi as minister had no right to initiate inquiry against the PMC president and by doing so he was overstepping his jurisdiction.
“Whatever the case, I am depending on the report from my department which is expected next week. If as per the Act, Dr Grewal’s term ends, he should be wise enough to leave the post,” adds the minister. Joshi said as per his knowledge Dr Grewal became a PMC member in 2010 and has completed his term.