Must Read: Indian Government approves ordinance to revamp homoeopathy body

New Delhi, India: The Union Cabinet today approved an ordinance which will replace the existing Central Council of Homoeopathy (CCH) with a National Commission of Homeopathy to regulate and standardize homeopathy education and treatment in the country. The move, that comes in the wake of allegations of corruption against office bearers of the CCH, is aimed at bringing in transparency and accountability. 

The Commission is quite similar to the National Medical Commission and will comprise of seven persons who will be recognized and experienced homeopathy practitioners and administrators. The members will be appointed by the government, who will further replace the existing functionaries of the Council.

Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad briefed reporters about the decisions of the Cabinet and said that it was the need of the hour to bring the ordinance as several office bearers were facing allegations of corruption.

“Chairman (of the council) has been in CBI and other nets… The quality of education is suffering… We want to have a proper, professional homoeopathic ecosystem for education in the country,” the minister said.

As the ordinance still awaiting the President’s approval, he refused to speak more about it.

Moreover, various sources in the government further said that the ordinance proposes to revamp the body and a bill to back up the executive order will likely to come up in the Monsoon session of Parliament.

Initially, the proposal to scrap CCH, set up by the government and Central Council of Indian Medicine was drawn by Niti Aayog, which also suggested replacing the two with the Commission.

Since its inception in 1973, the aim of CCH has been to monitor homeopathy education in India. This means any institution which desires to grant a qualification in homeopathy is required to apply to CCH, which prescribes course curriculum and maintains central registers of homoeopaths.

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