Indian Medicine Bill

The Indian Medicine Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2020


Introduced by

Dr Harsh Vardhan

Minister of Health and Family Welfare.


The bill proposes  for the constitution of a Central Council which regulates the education and practice of the Indian medicine system including Ayurveda, Yoga, and Naturopathy, with an aim to bring quality education and health care system in the country.


Salient Points ()

The bill proposes for a constitution of central council to regulate the education and practice of the Indian medicine system (including Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy).

The central government will have the power to supersede the central council till the new central council is formed.

Central council to be formed within one year from the central government taking over.

In the interim period, the central government will form a board  of 10 members to function.


Background Basics ()

The bill was first introduced as Indian Medicine Central Council Act, 1970

There has been no major change till date in the medicine system especially for Ayurveda, yoga and, naturopathy.

There is a huge scope for India to become world leader in ancient medicine systems (Homeopathy and Allopathy).


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WHY (as per the govt)

Salient Points ()

This will bring more transparency and quality health care facilities.

This will help our ancient medicine system (Homeopathy, Yoga and Naturopathy) which already have some scientific basis. 

WHY NOT (as per opposition)

Salient Points ()

This will make the bill over centralized and there will be no scope for any other autonomous body to take decision.


This will lead to favoritism, excessive bureaucracy, red tape and corruption.

The powers can be misused by the board of governors,  by taking decision in their own interest.



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