Unani Current Affairs - 2019
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Minister of State for AYUSH, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik launched the e-Aushadhi portal for online licensing of Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and Homoeopathy drugs.
Features of the e-Aushadhi Portal
The new e-portal, e-Aushadhi is an acronym for Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy Automated Drug Help Initiative. The important features of the e-Aushadhi Portal are:
- The portal is intended to bring increased transparency, improved information management facility, improved data usability and increased accountability in the licensing of Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and Homoeopathy drugs.
- The timelines will be fixed for processing of application through this portal with SMS and e-mail status updates at each step of the process.
- The portal will aid the licensing authority, manufactures and consumers, as it will provide real-time information of the licensed manufactures and their products, cancelled and spurious drugs, contact details of the concerned authority for specific grievances.
The launch of the e-Aushadhi portal for online licensing is part of governments commitment towards e-governance, ease of doing business and Make in India.
The Union Cabinet has approved the National Commission for Indian Systems of Medicine (NCIM) Bill, 2018. The bill seeks to replace the existing regulator, the Central Council for Indian Medicine (CCIM).
Features of the Bill
The salient features of the National Commission for Indian Systems of Medicine (NCIM) Bill, 2018 are:
- The bill provides for the constitution of a National Commission with four autonomous boards.
- The Board of Ayurveda would be responsible for overseeing the overall education of Ayurveda.
- The Board of Unani, Siddha and Sowarigpa will be responsible for overseeing the overall education of Unani, Siddha and Sowarigpa.
- The bill provides for two common boards, Board of Assessment and Rating and Board of Ethics and Registration.
- The Board of Assessment and Rating would be responsible to assess and grant permission to educational institutions of Indian systems of Medicine.
- The Board of Ethics and Registration of practitioners of Indian systems of medicine would maintain National Register and deal with ethical issues relating to practice under the National Commission for Indian Medicine,
- The bill also proposes a common entrance exam and an exit exam which all graduates will have to clear to get practicing licenses.
- The bill proposes a teacher’s eligibility test to assess the standard of teachers before appointment and promotions.
The bill aims at bringing reforms in the medical education of Indian systems in line with the National Medical Commission proposed for setting up for allopathy system of medicine. The National Commission for Indian Systems of Medicine aims to promote transparency and accountability.