CM Raje Chaired a meeting with Cabinet Ministers to Review Rajasthan Homeopathic Medicine Act.
Homeopathy is said to bridge the gap between modern Western medicines and holistic healing (naturopathy). It has received a lot of attention in the modern world. Considering the potential of Naturopathy and Homeopathy in improving public health, Raje led Rajasthan government has made amendments to Rajasthan Homeopathic Medicine Act. The newer act will include promotions, penalties and revised fee structure to promote alternate healing.
Addressing a press conference yesterday evening, Rajendra Rathore, the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs shed light on reforms under new Homeopathic Medicine Act 2016. The previous act of 1969 was modified to promote alternative treatments, especially naturopathy and homeopathy.
Homeopathic Medicine Act 2016 adds New Provisions for Betterment
- Revised Fee Structure
State government will revise fee for registration, renewal and addition of new qualifications to create more income for Rajasthan Board of Homeopathic Medicine. The board looks after registration of homeopathic doctors in state.
As of now, the charges set for aforementioned categories are:
Registration: Rs. 1040,
Renewal: Rs. 225,
Addition of new Qualifications/Specialization certificate: Rs. 100.
- Strict Penalties for Unregistered Offenders
As per new renewal policy, all registrations will be valid up to 5 years. Illegal or unregistered clinics will be subjected to penalties. Unregistered doctors will be sentenced to two years imprisonment or pay a fine of Rs. 10,000 or both. Same punishment will be inflected on unlicensed homeopathy colleges, institutes and labs that hand out degrees, diplomas and certificates.
- Breath of Respite for Doctors Registered under Central Council Act 1973
All doctors and specialists, who are registered under Homeopathic Central Council Act of 1973 will be entitled to practice under Rajasthan Board of Homeopathic Medicine. Same rules will be applied to them.
- Promotion for 1500 Ayurveda (Naturopathy) Officers
Rajasthan government will revise the 1973 act of Ayurvedic, Homeopathy, Unani and Naturalization Services. State government will approve pending promotion applications of 1500 Ayurved officers.
New amendment laws will apply to appointment of Assistant Director, District officers and Heads/Officers in charge of testing labs.
This a strategic move by Rajasthan government to evade Western dominance over local healthcare industry. The new act will not just fetch them several votes of confidence by naturopathic doctors, but also promote alternate healing in villages and towns.