Homeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill Current Affairs - 2020

National Commission for Homeopathy bill, 2019 approved by Cabinet

On January 29, 2020, the Union Cabinet approved National Commission for homeopathy bill, 2019.

Highlights

The bill is being introduced for the following amendments

  • To introduce reforms in the field of Homeopathy education
  • To enable accountability and transparency in protecting the interests of general public.

Current Legislation

The Homeopathy Central Council act, 1973 is currently governing the Homeopathy education and practices in the country. The act has been extracted based on the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956.

Homeopathy Central Council

The functions, regulation and powers of the council is very similar to that of the Indian Medical Council of India. The amendments are being introduced as there has been serious detrimental effects in medical education and delivery of Homeopathy health care services in the country.

The Council operates under Ministry of AYUSH. Also, it is one of the professional councils that have been constituted under University Grants Commission (UGC). The professional councils include AICTE, Bar Council of India, Medical Council of India, Veterinary council, nursing council, etc.

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Parliament passes Homeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2018

Parliament has passed Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2018 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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