Niti Aayog Wants Axe on Ho­moeo, Ayurveda Bod­ies

Two new bills look to wind up Cen­tral Coun­cil of Ho­moeopa­thy, Cen­tral Coun­cil of In­dian Medicine

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New Delhi: Con­tin­u­ing with its drive to stream­line the coun­try’s med­i­cal sys­tem, the Niti Aayog is ex­pected to rec­om­mend scrap­ping of two more in­sti­tu­tions — the Cen­tral Coun­cil of Ho­moeopa­thy (CCH) and the Cen­tral Coun­cil of In­dian Medicine (CCIM).

A se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial told ET that the Aayog is work­ing on two new bills sug­gest­ing ways to re­place the two statu­tory bod­ies un­der the health min­istry, which gov­ern higher ed­u­ca­tion in ho­moeopa­thy and In­dian sys­tems of medicine in­clud­ing ayurveda.

A draft bill sug­gest­ing cre­ation of an all-new body to re­place the decades old statu­tory bod­ies is ready, but a fi­nal de­ci­sion will be taken up by a Niti Aayog vice-chair­man Arvind Pana­gariya-led panel set up to sug­gest sweep­ing re­forms in the depart­ment of Ayush un­der the health min­istry.

Last year, the panel looked into the is­sue of poor reg­u­la­tion of ed­u­ca­tion by Med­i­cal Coun­cil of In­dia and pro­posed re­plac­ing it with Na­tional Med­i­cal Com­mis­sion. The pro­posal awaits the Cab­i­net ap­proval, fol­low­ing which it will be tabled in Par­lia­ment.

“Like the Med­i­cal Coun­cil of In­dia, even th­ese two statu­tory bod­ies have out­lived their util­ity. Be­sides, they con­tinue to un­nec­es­sar­ily com­pli­cate things be­cause of strin­gent reg­u­la­tions, which makes it dif­fi­cult to im­part qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion in ho­moeopa­thy and ayurveda,” the of­fi­cial said on the con­di­tion of anonymity.

Ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cial, the Niti Aayog has com­pleted stake­holder con­sul­ta­tion on the two new bills and th­ese would be soon put up for pub­lic opin­ion be­fore they are fi­nalised for the Cab­i­net ap­proval. CCH, a statu­tory apex body un­der the health min­istry, was set up by the gov­ern­ment in 1973 to mon­i­tor home­opa­thy ed­u­ca­tion in In­dia. This means any in­sti­tu­tion desi-

Niti Aayog has com­pleted stake­holder con­sul­ta­tion on the two new bills and th­ese would be soon put up for pub­lic opin­ion

Govt of­fi­cial ring to grant a qual­i­fi­ca­tion in home­opa­thy is re­quired to ap­ply to CCH, which pre­scribes course cur­ricu­lum and main­tains cen­tral regis­ters of ho­moeopaths.

Sim­i­larly, CCIM, a statu­tory body un­der depart­ment of Ayush, was set up in 1971 un­der the In­dian Medicine Cen­tral Coun­cil Act to mon­i­tor higher ed­u­ca­tion in In­dian sys­tems of medicine.

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