Lok Sabha passes Homeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2018

Lok Sabha has passed Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2018 by voice vote to replace Ordinance promulgated by President in May 2018. It amends Homoeopathy Central Council Act, 1973 which sets up Central Council of Homoeopathy and regulates homoeopathic education and practice

Key Features of Bill

Supersession of Central Council: The Bill amends 1973 Act to provide for supersession of Central Council with effect from May 18, 2018. The Council will be reconstituted within 1 year from date of its supersession. In the interim period, Board of Governors constituted by central government will exercise powers of Central Council.

Board of Governors: It will consist of up to seven members including persons of eminence in field of homoeopathy education, eminent administrators, appointed by Union Government. The Central Government will select one of these members as Chairperson of Board. With regard to policy decisions, directions of the central government will be final.

Permission for existing homoeopathy colleges: The Bill states that if any homoeopathy medical college has been established or if any established homoeopathy medical college has opened new courses or increased its admission capacity before ordinance was promulgated, then it will have to seek permission from Union Government within 1 year. If homoeopathy medical college fails to seek such permission, then medical qualification granted by it to student will not be recognised under this law.

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