New Delhi, Jun 27: The Homeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which seeks to extend the period for reconstitution of the Central Council, was passed in the Lok Sabha on Thursday.
Replying to the debate on the Bill, Ayush Minister Shripad Yesso Naik said the bill seeks to address the issue of corruption in the running of fake colleges.
'Some colleges existed only on papers,' Mr Naik said.
Defending the government decision for bringing the Ordinance on the subject, he said some states are not yet prepared to conduct elections for Homoeopathy Council, hence the Ordinance had to be promulgated.
He said 32 new homoeopathy colleges were opened this year and the government will see that they run in a proper manner.
The Bill seeks to extend the period for reconstitution of the Homeopathy Central Council from the existing period of one year to two years.
The legislation 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.
The Bill replaces an ordinance issued in this regard.
The Bill will help the Central Council of Homoeopathy in exercising the powers and performing functions of the Council.
The affairs of the Central Homoeopathy Council have been entrusted to a Board of Governors comprising eminent and qualified homoeopathy doctors and eminent administrators till such a time the council is reconstituted.
The tenure has been extended since the council could not be reconstituted within one year due to non-updation of state registers of homoeopathy and general elections.
Earlier, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, who initiated the discussion on the bill, lashed out at the Modi government for what he said trying to run an 'Ordinance government' and maintained that such a road map only reflected an erroneous trend and 'colonial hangover'.
He quoted even first Lok Sabha Speaker Ganesh Vasudev Mavalankar and said that he had also termed the system of promulgation of Ordinance as "a wrong precedent".
It appears this (Modi government) has become "a government of the Ordinance and for the Ordinance", Mr Chowdhury remarked and insisted that only on extraordinary circumstances such executive measures could be adopted.
He asked how many colleges were opened by the Ayush Ministry.
Two-time BJP lawmaker Dr Manoj Rajoria, a homeopathic doctor himself, said the ordinance was promulgated to deal with the corruption. He said 1.25 lakh wellness centres were opened in the country including 10 per cent of Ayush centres.
Anubhav Mohanti of Biju Janata Dal supported the Bill and invited the minister to his constituency Kendrapara in Odisha to set up a Ayush University, adding that he will give all the support for the same.
Kaushalendra Kumar of JD-U and Anurag Sharma of BJP supported the Bill.
RSP N K Premachandran's amendments were rejected by voice-vote. (UNI)