NEW DELHI .SEP.29:The Central Government on Monday notified two the Indian Medicine Central Council (Amendment) Act, 2020 and the Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Act, 2020, to supersede the Central Councils formed under the principal Acts by a Board of Governors, which will be constituted by the Central Government.Both the Acts were cleared by the Parliament on September 21, 2020.
The Indian Medicine Central Council Act, 1970 and the Homoeopathy Central Council Act, 1973 established Central Councils to regulate the education and practice in Indian medicine system and homoeopathic medicine respectively.
The term of President of the Central Council of Indian Medicine expired in May this year and it was considered inappropriate to hold an election amid the pandemic. Therefore, the in order to complete time-bound granting of permission to colleges for the academic session 2020-21 and as an interim measure, the Government seeks to empower the Board of Governors.
So far as the Central Council of Homoeopathy is concerned, it failed in its responsibilities and did not cooperate with the Central Government to safeguard the standards of education and practice of medicine. It was thus superseded by the Board of Governors for one year in 2018. The period of supersession was extended for another in 2019. The present Act further extends the period of supersession by one year, with effect from April 24.
It may be noted that the Acts of 1970 and the 1973 are proposed to be replaced by the National Commission for Indian System of Medicine Bill, 2019 and the National Commission for Homoeopathy Bill, 2019, respectively.
The 2019 Bills, that have been passed by the Parliament, seek to establish National Commissions for both the system of medicines, that shall frame policies for regulating medical institutions and professionals,