Acupuncture to get own council

Acupuncture in nashik

Recognising it as a therapy for the first time, Maharashtra government has decided to start an independent council for acupuncture. Working on the lines of the Medical Council of India (MCI), the acupuncture council will monitor practice of the therapy in the state and prepare all its legal discourse for the practitioners. The decision was taken in the state Cabinet meeting headed by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday. The state Cabinet has approved a draft of the Maharashtra Acupuncture Treatment Act, 2015, paving the way for the formation of the council.

“It would be an autonomous body like all other medical councils. The objective is to monitor and keep some control over the practitioners of this therapy,” the officials said. So far, there is no monitoring of the practitioners. Anyone can start practicing the therapy and no educational qualification or criteria were needed for the same. The council will formulate the standards, laws, curriculum and all other necessary aspects, the officers said.

After West Bengal, Maharashtra is the second state where a acupuncture council will come up. The draft bill for the same will be placed before both the Houses of the Maharashtra Legislature in the coming Winter Session commencing December 7.

“Once the bill is passed, the body of the council will be formed and will start performing its duties,” said a senior official.

He further added that the state government also has plans to regulate naturopathy and yoga in the coming future.