The Punjab government has told the Punjab and Haryana high court that there is a need to set up a separate national council for yoga and naturopathy at the central government level.
Director, research and medical education, Punjab, Manjit Kaur Mohi in an affidavit before the high court said that either by a statute or by an executive order such a council should be set up and it could be followed by similar councils in states and union territories. Hence, appropriate direction should be issued to the Centre in this regard, the government has told the high court.
The submissions were made during the resumed hearing of a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking judicial intervention in the Indian system of medicine, especially in the field of yoga and naturopathy, because there was no board or law to regulate education in these systems.
The petitioner, advocate RS Dhull, had stated that due to ‘lapses and loopholes’ in the system, not only the system of yoga and naturopathy was dying, but also lives of hundreds of innocent patients were being risked due to incompetent doctors.