Council okays KPME Bill after detailed debate
The Legislative Council on Thursday passed the Karnataka Private Medical Establishment (Amendment) Bill, 2017 after a lively discussion with Health Minister K R Ramesh Kumar promising the members to clear any ambiguities in the Bill through due diligence while framing the rules for the Act.
As the bill was cleared in the Assembly on Wednesday amid much speculation, it came for discussion in the Upper House on Thursday. Members, cutting across party lines, welcomed the minister’s concern behind bringing amendments to the existing Act, but JD(S) members Srikantaswamy found no remarkable change in the bill, except for tweaking of a few clauses.
Pointing out lacunas in the Bill, Congress member V S Ugrappa expressed reservation over entrusting the powers of a civil court to the Registration and Grievances Redressal Authority (RGRA) headed by the Deputy Commissioner, for trying a case under the Code of Civil Procedures (CPC), as they have least knowledge of it. The minister clarified that since DCs enjoy magisterial powers, they are well-versed with CrPC.