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Plan to initiate census of Vaids, Hakims

AFTER A gap of three decades, the Bharatiya Chikitsa Parishad has decided to carry out a census of Vaids and Hakims, working in the State, to get the accurate figure of these experts of non-invasive treatment.

india Updated: Apr 21, 2006 00:56 IST

AFTER A gap of three decades, the Bharatiya Chikitsa Parishad has decided to carry out a census of Vaids and Hakims, working in the State, to get the accurate figure of these experts of non-invasive treatment.

The Parishad has sent a proposal to the State Government and invited applications from the registered Vaids and Hakims.

“There are over 50,000 Vaids and Hakims in the State, but we do not know exactly how many of them are working, and how many have either retired or died,” said Parishad registrar RK Singh.

Those who practise Ayurveda are called Vaids and those who practise Unani and Tibati are called Hakims. Most of them have got the lifetime registration. For this, Vaids had to pay Rs 2,750 for Vaids and Hakims had to pay Rs 2250.

The Parishad carried out census of Hakims and Vaids in 1973 when their number was 7000. After this, there was no census though thousands of students, after passing out from various colleges, are practising these systems of medicine.

The Parishad is planning to carry out consensus with a view to renew the registration half-yearly. “This is essential to keep track of the exact figure of persons working as many of them leave practice or the place of work. “The census will help us get actual figures of those who are practising Ayurveda, Unani and Tibati systems of medicine. Besides, the council can get some funds earned through the renewal fee,’ Singh said.

First Published: Apr 21, 2006 00:56 IST