New Delhi, July 30 (UNI) Lok Sabha on Monday passed The Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2018 to bring transparency and remove corruption in homeopathy education.
Replying the debate on the bill Minister of State for Ayush Shripad Yesso Naik assured the House that this bill following the ordinance two months back was aimed at cleaning up admissions in the homeopathy colleges.
He accepted that two bills of his ministry are pending in the Rajya Sabha and assured the House that a separate comprehensive bill will be introduced in the parliament soon which will cover other aspect of the Ayush Ministry and related subjects including homeopathy education.
He said that for the sake of transparency, elimination of corruption in the Central Council of Homeopathy (CCH) and streamlining the admissions in the homeopathy colleges, the ordinance was brought. If the ordinance had not been brought two months back, the old practice would have been in place this year too in the admissions.
He refuted the charges that government is trying to saffronise the homeopathy education. He also said that he had mentioned the name of Ramji Singh as an example. There were so many reasons to bring the new bill.
On the issue of bringing bridge courses, Minister said that neither government has given approval for bridge courses, nor will allow it, but will ensure minimum standard in the colleges.
The Bill amends the 1973 Act to provide for the supersession of the Central Council. The Central Council will be reconstituted within one year from the date of its supersession. In the interim period, the central government will constitute a Board of Governors, which will exercise the powers of the Central Council.
According to the provisions, the Board of Governors would consist of up to seven members including persons of eminence in the field of homeopathy education, and eminent administrators, appointed by the central government.
He added that the central government will select one of these members as the Chairperson of the Board. With regard to policy decisions, the directions of the central government will be final.
As per the provisions of the bill, if any person has established a homoeopathy medical college, or established homoeopathy medical college has opened new courses or increased its admission capacity before the passage of the Bill, it will have to seek permission from the central government within one year.
If the person or homoeopathy medical college fails to seek such permission, then any medical qualification granted to a student from such medical college will not be recognised under the Act.