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Rajya Sabha approves Homoeopathic Bill 2020, the way for the formation of National Commission also cleared

New Delhi (ANI). The Homeopathy Central Council Amendment Bill 2020 attached to the Ministry of AYUSH has been passed in Rajya Sabha. Earlier, on 14 September, the National Commission for Homeopathy Bill 2020 and the National Commission for Indian System of Medicine Bill 2020 were passed in the Lok Sabha. Both these bills were introduced in the lower house by the Union Health Minister, Dr Harsh Vardhan.

These bills are considered to be very important for making revolutionary reforms in the Indian medical system and medical education of homeopathy in the country. Both these bills will replace the existing Indian Medical Central Council Act, 1970 and the Homeopathy Central Council Act, 1973. With the enactment of these Bills the existing Central Indian Medical Council (CCIM) and Central Homeopathy Council will be revised. The National Commission for Indian System of Medicine and the National Commission for Homeopathy will aim at improving Indian medical practice and homeopathy.

Let us tell you that earlier the National Commission Bill for Indian System of Medicine, 2019 and National Commission for Homeopathy Bill 2019 were introduced in January last year. Thereafter, both bills were referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health and Family Welfare. The committee, after examining these bills, suggested some amendments to them in accordance with the National Medical Commission Act, 2019. After which the Ministry considered the major suggestions and introduced official amendments in the said Bills. These bills were then passed in the Rajya Sabha on March, 2020 as the National Commission for Medical Systems of India, 2020 and the National Commission for Homeopathy Bill, 2020.

The National Homeopathy Commission Bill-2020 will replace the Homeopathy Central Council Act 1973 for the establishment of the National Homeopathy Commission. The Homeopathy Commission will consist of 20 members including one Chairman as Chairman of the Board of Homeopathy Education, Director General of National Institute of Homeopathy and Chairman of the Medical Review and Rating Board for Homeopathy. Some other members will also be involved in this.

The National Commission for Medical Practices of India Bill-2020 will replace the Central Council for Medical Indian Medicine Act 1970 and will be replaced by the National Commission for Indian Medical Systems. The Commission will consist of 29 members including the Chairman, Chairman of Ayurveda Board, Chairman of Unani Board, Siddha and Sowarigpa among other members. In both these bills, it is proposed to constitute advisory councils for the Indian system of medicine with homoeopathy. These councils will be the initial forum through which both the State and Union Territories will be able to put their views and problems before the Commissions.

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