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Medical Practitioners with difference & its legal compliances

Alternative medicine practices are used instead of standard medical treatments. Alternative medicine is distinct from complementary medicine which is meant to accompany, not to replace, standard medical practices. In India Alternative medicines are recognized. Government constituted a ‘Standing Committee of Experts’ under the Chairmanship of Director General, Indian Council of Medical Research and members were drawn from various fields of medicine to consider & give its recommendations to the Government. on the efficacy / merits of various streams of alternative medicine and also examine feasibility of making legislation as suggested by the Hon’ble Court.

The Committee developed essential & desirable criteria for grant of recognition to a new stream of medicine and analyzed the different streams of ‘Alternative medicine’ viz. Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani, Homoeopathy, Yoga & Naturopathy, Elecropathy / Electrohomoeopathy, Acupuncture, Magnetotherapy, Reiki, Reflexology, Urine Therapy / Autourine Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Aromatherapy, Colour Therapy, Pranic Healing, Gems & Stone Therapy and Music Therapy.

Salient Features Of Alternative Medicines
Although Alternative Medicine includes many systems of healing and every system has its own features and merits, there are some common features which differentiate these from modern medicine.

  •   1. It considers the health of a person as well - being in its physical, mental, social and spiritual planes whereas modern medicine treats the body as a machine i.e. main emphasis Is laid upon the physical aspects of life. Now-a-days, it has been established that there is a certain link between the various dimensions of life. Mental, social and spiritual arena have its definite role on the physical human body.
  •   2. Most of the systems under alternative medicine stress upon the maintenance of health by following healthy life styles i.e. they stress upon proper diet, exercise, human relations, sexuality, positive attitudes, clean environment, moral and spiritual values etc. Thus preventive and promotive aspects of health is given its due importance. The person is made conscious to maintain his total health.
  •   3. Simplicity of the practices avoiding the intake of potent and hard drugs and undergoing unnecessary diagnostic and surgical interference. Every system in alternative medicine has its own unique philosophy and inexpensive methods of diagnosis and treatment.
  •   4. less or no side effects.
  •   5. The time tested traditional system of medicine has a reasonable alternative and answer to most of the diseases which have no amenable answer from modern medical treatment such as collagen disorder, degenerative diseases, diseases of the bones and joints, psychosomatic disorders where behavioral, emotional and spiritual factors have a major role.

Though alternate medicines do not replace standard allopathic medicine but it is important in our day to day life. Allopathic medicines do work but they have a lot of side effects on health. To curb down the side effects one can resort to AM. The field of AM is still unexplored as people barely have knowledge about this type of medicine.

A practitioner can register himself as a Medical Practitioner (AM) by following some very simple legal requisites. But practicing the same without registration has very serious consequences as provided in the statutes. A Medical Practitioner once registered and recognized can conduct various Alternative Medicine treatments which are beneficiary for health without side effects.

Paper Cutting-Sarada Chit Fund Scam

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2014-03-06
Kolkata, 6th March: The allegation has been raised by numerous quarters & PILs that the state government is trying to downplay the property of the fraudulent Chit fund agency, Saradha. The country's highest court has questioned the state government in this position. The division bench of the Supreme Court, dissatisfied with the development in the investigation by the state government in the Saradha scandal. On Tuesday, the division bench directly asked the lawyers of CBI to report to the court as to how will they would conduct the investigation and what the necessary steps they would take if they are get a go ahead.

The state government faced great embarrassment in the Supreme Court, same as on 25th February. At the last hearing the state was asked to report the market value of all the properties of the Saradha group. The issues were to be investigated including the secret testimony of the arrested MP by the state government. The 300 page affidavit submitted by the state government lacked relevant information, said by the division bench ofJustice S. Thakur and C. Nagappanera of the division bench. The court expressed dissatisfaction with this incomplete affidavit. The next hearing on this case has been set on 6th March. The state government has been asked to submit a full report on the Sharada investigation, asset inventory and valuation within this time frame.

The state government has been alleged to try hide the actual amount of the assets of Saradha on the basis of the submitted affidavit. In the affidavit, the state government has shown that the amount seizure of property of 100 crore. After seeing this, a highly annoyed division bench toldHarish Salve, the lawyer of the state government, that ‘you were asked to account for all property listings and valuation. You have accounted for only Rs. 100 crs. Where is the rest of the amount? The central investigation agency, Enforcement Directorate, has seized property of 35 crore. After such a long investigation, has the state government accounted for just 65 crore rupees only?’

The state government did not cooperate during the process of investigation, alleged by the lawyer from the ED. Even they had to turn to the Calcutta High Court due to this. The Calcutta High Court had directed to the state government to help during investigation process. Yet the state government did not help properly. On the behalf of ED, the Supreme Court has been informed that so far 8 cases have been prosecuted in the Money Laundering Act among 88 cases against the Saradha. The ED got the copies of the 8 cases only. The ED did not get the any copies for rest of the cases. Then the division bench has directed the central agency to submit affidavit stated that the state government did not cooperate properly.

Lawyer Bikash Bhattacharya and lawyer Ashok Bhan attended the hearing on the behalf of applicants. Lawyer Subhasish Bhowmick was the advocate on record for both the cases. Bikash Bhattacharya said that no coordination is there in between the multiple investigation agencies, who are investigating in the Saradha scandal. The investigating agencies of the state government have no idea about the activities of ED. The investigation process has been prolonged due to the absence of coordination. However combination in all cases can be kept by the CBI enquiry. Then the judges asked the lawyer of the CBI, who was there in that hearing, that how do you lead if such instruction is given? As per requirement, CBI may submit additional charge in those cases, replied by the lawyer of the CBI. CBI is ready to investigate properly.

Narada Matter Again in Supreme Court

Today Mr. Subhasish Bhowmick, Adv, Supreme Court filed a Special Leave Petition in Supreme Court with regard Narada sting operation for removing the MLAs, MPs from their posts who are accused in it.