New Delhi, July 2: Parliament on Tuesday gave its nod to a Bill to extend the period for reconstitution of the Central Council for Homoeopathy (CCH) from the existing one year to two years with the Rajya Sabha passing it by voice vote.
The passage of the Bill in the Upper House came after the statutory resolution moved by Benoy Vishwam , disapproving of the Homeopathy Central council (amendment) ordinance 2019 was rejected by the House.
The Bill , which replaces the Ordinance, has already been passed by the Lok Sabha. With the Rajya Sabha according its approval, it has now got nod of Parliament.
Replying to a discussion on the Bill, Ayush Minister Sripad Naik said that the tenure is proposed to be extended since the council could not be reconstituted within one year due to non-updation of state registers of homoeopathy during general elections.
He explained to the House that 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.
Talking about reasons for the reconstitution of the council, he said it was necessitated as the existing council was not doing the task it was mandated to do and also that a lot of corruption had crept up in its ranks.which is why it had to be dissolved and a Board of governors asked to carry out its functions.
The government had dissolved CCH following allegations of corruption against the CCH chief, who was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in 2016 for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 20 lakh as part payment for granting approval to a homoeopathy college.
The Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha last week.
The Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill 2019 will replace the ordinance issued in this regard by the previous government.
The bill will enable the government to extend the tenure of the Board of Governors in the council for a further period of one year with effect from May 17, 2019. (UNI)