//HC orders stern action against quacks

HC orders stern action against quacks

New Delhi, Jan 26 (PTI):Acting tough against a large number of quacks practising the Indian form of medicines in the national capital, Delhi High Court has ordered the state Government to take stern measures against such bogus practitioners endangering public health.

A Division Bench of Chief Justice Markandeya Katju and Justice Madan B Lokur asked the Government to ensure that only those holding degrees and diplomas recognized under the Indian Medicines Central Council Act 1970 and five years preceding it were permitted to practice.

The Division Bench dismissed an appeal filed by certain Unani medicine practioners against a Single Judge’s order upholding the decision of the Board of Ayurvedic and Unani Systems of Medicine here not to recognize degrees and diplomas which did not conform to the provisions of the Act.

Petitioners Pradeep Kumar and others submitted in their appeal that the Board refused to recognize their four-year diploma course in Unani Medicine (DUM) completed in 1995 from an institute in Saharanpur.

Petitioners claimed the board was duty bound to grant them registration certificate as they were fully qualified and eligible having fulfilled all the criteria and completed all the formalities including registration with the Bharatiya Chikitsa Parishad, UP.

However, the Board maintained that with the passing of the 1970 Act, only those institutes recognized by the Central Council of Indian Medicine were empowered to award degrees and diplomas and the petitioners’ diploma was not valid as the Saharanpur Institute was not recognised under the said Act.