Petition to re-include Yoga & Naturopathy Systems in NCISM Bill 2018
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- NITI Aayog while considering the Regulatory framework for the entire gamut of AYUSH, had released a draft NCISM Bill in February, 2017, which had included Yoga & Naturopathy regulation with a separate Board of Yoga & Naturopathy. The NCISM Bill proposed in the Parliament (and, under your examination) has mysteriously dropped this provision.
- For reasons unknown to ‘Yoga & Naturopathy’ stakeholders, Ministry of AYUSH has not included ‘Yoga & Naturopathy’ Medical Education & Clinical Practice in the purview of NCISM Bill - 2018. While drafting the Bill, stakeholders (of Yoga & Naturopathy system of Medicine) were neither consulted nor given an opportunity to present our view.
- There has been a long term demand and aspiration of ‘Yoga & Naturopathy system of Medicine’, to have the same ‘Statutory Central Regulation’, as prevalent/ proposed for our counterparts in Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha, Sowa Rigpa and Homeopathic systems of Medicine.
- BNYS, is a Medical Degree representing ’Yoga & Naturopathy’ system of Medicine in the Country, a fact which has been acknowledged and reiterated by Ministry of AYUSH, Govt of India in response to questions raised by Hon’ble Members of Parliament on several occasions.
- Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM), the current regulatory body covering Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha and Sowa Rigpa systems of Medicine; has on several occasions passed resolutions to bring ‘Yoga & Naturopathy’ system of Medicine under it’s purview.
- Fourteen (14) States and Union Territories in the Country so far have recognised BNYS as a primary Medical qualification to practice ‘Yoga & Naturopathy’. BNYS Medical graduates are being registered as ‘Yoga & Naturopathy’ Medical Practitioners through ‘Acts’ passed in the respective State Assemblies of - Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Assam and Jammu & Kashmir. BNYS Medical graduates are being registered in the States of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamilnadu, Kerala, Manipur, Puducherry & Andaman & Nicobar Islands through Gazette Notifications.
- Currently, there are 32 Yoga & Naturopathy Medical Colleges in the Country imparting BNYS, in the States of Uttar Pradesh (4), Karnataka (7), Tamilnadu (7), Rajasthan (4), Madhya Pradesh (2), Chhattisgarh (1), Gujarat (2), Andhra Pradesh (3), Telangana (1), Uttarakhand (1). Three of these, one each in the States of Telangana, Karnataka & Tamilnadu are being run by the respective State Govts. Post Graduate (MD) courses - in Clinical Yoga, Clinical Naturopathy, Clinical Nutrition and Acupuncture & Energy Medicine - are being offered by four (4) Yoga & Naturopathy Medical Colleges. Most of these Medical Colleges are affiliated under the Universities exclusively meant for Medical/ Health or AYUSH medical education in their respective states.
- Govt of India through an Executive Order tasked the work of Central Registration for BNYS Medical Graduates in 2017 to Central Council for Research in Yoga & Naturopathy (CCRYN), an autonomous body under Ministry of AYUSH.
In the light of the above facts, it is unfair to the system of “Yoga & Naturopathy’ to deny it a Statutory Regulation. The abscense of a Central Regulation with Statutory Cover would allow the generation of mushrooming number of quack practitioners with the growing demand for ‘Yoga & Naturopathy’ Clinical Practice, putting public at-large to the risk of malpractice and bad health.
We would unequivocally demand to include ‘Yoga & Naturopathy’ Medical Education and Clinical Practice within the NCISM Bill.
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