The Supreme Court on Friday asked the National Medical Commission (NMC) to investigate allegations that 70 per cent of medical colleges in the country are not providing mandatory honorarium to MBBS trainees. The apex court also directed Delhi’s Army College of Medical Sciences to pay Rs 25,000 as honorarium to its MBBS trainees from October 1, 2023. A bench of Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and Justices JB Pardiwala and Manoj Mishra asked the NMC to file a report and provide detailed information on the petitioners’ claim that 70 per cent of medical colleges do not pay any honorarium to MBBS trainees. The bench also asked it to explain what steps have been taken to pay honorarium to him as per the rules. Advocate Vaibhav Gaghar, appearing on behalf of the students demanding honorarium, said that a recent report of NMC said that 70 percent of the medical colleges in the country are not paying honorarium to their trainees. The bench asked NMC’s counsel Gaurav Sharma to respond to this claim and file an affidavit along with a table of colleges which have and have not paid honorarium to the trainee.