Govt. Panel seeks to revamp Central Council of Homoeopathy

To bring in more transparency in the Central Council for Homoeopathy, the present government has suggested few measures by setting up a four-member panel which is being headed by NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Arvind Panagariya. The main objective that is being cited in the name of these measures is to alter the present Central Council of homoeopathy. One of the sources affirmed this decision of the government stating, “Central government has decided to set a committee headed by NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Arvind Panagariya to restructure the Homoeopathy education regulator CCH.” Ironically, a recent panel was headed by the same Vice-Chairman of NITI Aayog, Arvind Panagariya, where a report was submitted to rearrange or reshuffle the MCI (Medical Council of India).

The rest of the members who will be a part of the committee are AYUSH secretary Ajit M Sharan, NITI Aayog Chief Executive Officer Amitabh Kant and Additional Principal Secretary in Prime Minister’s office P K Mishra. The Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2005, which was introduced in the Rajya Sabha in March 2005 had aimed in reorganizing the functioning of the council and when that gets settled, the track would be directed more towards improving the standard of education in homeopathic medical colleges.The bill was aimed at amending Homoeopathy Central Council Act, 1973, and this act provides for constitution of the CCH for guidelines of educational standards of homoeopathic medical colleges, maintenance of the central register of practitioners of Homoeopathy, among others.

The parliamentary Standing Committee on health had recommended last year in May that the AYUSH department should bring the Bill that was introduced in 2005 early enough so that a proper functioning of the council can be ensured. Moreover, the Standing Committee made a report on the Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2005 submitted in July 2005, wherein it said that that affiliation of the homeopathy colleges should be made to be done to a university. Apart from that, the panel also decided the central government’s permission must be attained by these medical colleges with one year of bill being passed.

The members in the council are one from each state, a representative from each homeopathic university and the centre would be involved in appointing members with specialized knowledge who would form not more than 40 percent of the council. The bill that has provided for a five year fixed term has been affirmed by the panel but the panel also states that the government should start elections sic months prior to the expiration.

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