RS passes Homoeopathy Bill by voice vote
NEW DELHI [Maha Media]: The Rajya Sabha on Friday passed by a voice vote The Indian Medicine Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2020 and the Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2020.
Assuring members after the debate on the Bill, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said the Government was committed to "ensuring that all kinds of medicines are available to the citizens."
Replying to the debate, the Minister referred to frequent references to the Government taking the ordinance route and said it was opted for as Parliament was not in session because of the Coronavirus pandemic and defended the move saying it was not very abnormal to go in for an ordinance.
"A member of the House called the reform and regulation of the Indian systems of medicine being undertaken through the Bills, as promoting 'quackery'. I am pained by the use of this word," Dr Harsh Vardhan told the members.
The Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2020, introduced in Rajya Sabha on September 14, seeks to amend the Homoeopathy Central Council Act, 1973 under which the Central Council of Homoeopathy which regulates homoeopathic education and practice has been set up.
The Indian Medicine Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2020, which was also introduced in the House on September 14, amends the Indian Medicine Central Council Act, 1970 providing for the constitution of a Central Council which regulates the education and practice of the Indian Medicine system (includes Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy).