A proposal to frame legislation for regulating education and profession of pharmacy of Indian Medicine and Homeopathy and set up a Central Council for this purpose is under consideration of the Government.
Indian Medicine Central Council Act, 1970 has provisions under Section 17 that no person other than a qualified practitioner can practice Indian Medicine in any state and penal provision also given in the Act for any person, who acts in contravention of such provision. Recognized qualifications of Indian Systems of Medicine are mentioned in the second, third and fourth schedules of the Act. Since health is a state subject and register of practitioners is maintained by the State Government, it is the responsibility of the State Government to take steps for preventing unskilled and unqualified persons from practicing Indian Systems of Medicine.
This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for AYUSH, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik in written reply to a question in RajyaSabha today.