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Cabinet clears official amendments in National Commission for Homoeopathy Bill
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Cabinet clears official amendments in National Commission for Homoeopathy Bill

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New Delhi, Jan 29: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday cleared the official amendments in the National Commission for Homoeopathy Bill, 2019 for amending the Homoeopathy Central Council (HCC) Act, 1973.

The Bill is pending in the Rajya Sabha.

The amendments will "ensure necessary regulatory reforms in the field of homoeopathy education, enable transparency and accountability for protecting the interest of the general public and promote the availability of affordable healthcare services in all parts of the country," Union Minister Prakash Javadekar briefed reporters here after the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Homoeopathy Central Council (HCC) Act, 1973 was enacted for setting up of a Central Council of Homoeopathy for regulation of education and practice of homoeopathy and for maintenance of a Central Register of Homoeopathy.

The Act has been modelled on the lines of the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956. The broad functions, constitution, regulation making powers are identical to those of the Medical Council of India. While the Act provides a solid foundation for the growth of medical education and practice in homoeopathy, various bottlenecks in the functioning of Council have been experienced, which has had detrimental effects on medical education as well as delivery of quality homoeopathy healthcare services. (UNI)