In an attempt to streamline the country’s medical system, the Niti Aayog is planning to scrap the Central Council of Homoeopathy (CCH) and the Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM).
According to a report by The Economic Times, a senior official has informed that Niti Aayog is working on two bills which will seek to replace the two bodies. While the former looks after higher education in Homeopathy, the latter looks at Indian medicines, including Ayurveda.
A draft for the bill that seeks to replace the two bodies is ready but the final call rests with a panel headed by Niti Aayog chairman Arvind Panagriya. It is said to be attempting sweeping changes in the department of Ayush which is under the health ministry.The proposed bill awaits an approval by the cabinet before it is tabled in Parliament, the report adds.
“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 was quoted by the newspaper as saying.
CCH, a body within the health ministry, was set up in 1973 to monitor the quality of homeopathy education in the country. Any institution that wants to grant degrees in Homeopathy needs to take the CCH’s assent. Similarly, the CCI was established in 1971 to look after branches of Indian medicine, including Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani.
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