Formed just 2 months ago, Maha acupuncture body faces disbandment
Dr D Dakle, an acupuncturist from Aurangabad, filed a PIL demanding disbanding of the current councilUpdated: Jun 20, 2018 00:21 IST
Merely two months after its formation, Maharashtra Acupuncture Council (MAC) is likely to be dissolved. Reason: an ongoing feud between the state and practitioners. State officials said the debate over appointment of council members will only delay the process of streamlining more than 25,000 acupuncturists, who are practicing without registration or recognised training programme.
After introducing Maharashtra Acupuncture System of Therapy (MASTA) Act on April 3, 2017, Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) appointed six members for the first MAC in May 2018. However, the appointments irked the fraternity. Members said apart from renowned acupuncture expert Dr P B Lohiya, remaining members lack expertise or knowledge of the field.
Dr D Dakle, an acupuncturist from Aurangabad, filed a public interest litigation (PIL) demanding disbanding of the current council following which notices were issued to the state government, Dr Pravin Shingare, DMER director and six council members.
“While chairperson of the council, Dr RF Behramjee, an allopathic-physiotherapist who is a part-time acupuncturist, was appointed because he promised to donate ₹10 lakh, Dr Chandrashekhar Pardeshi, vice-chairperson, was appointed because he is a relative of a top bureaucrat in the state. The other two members of the council are sujok practitioners, a therapy which isn’t recognised by World Health Organization (WHO),” said Dr Yogesh Kodkani, a veteran acupuncture practitioner.
Since the work of the council includes formation of new syllabus for training of existing practitioners, resolve cases of medical negligence and provide registration, Kodkani said the current council will not be able to even communicate with acupuncture fraternity given their lack of expertise.
Shingare, said the feud has taken the focus away from establishing the first ever successful medical council for acupuncture practitioners in India. “We haven’t received the HC notice yet. We will be happy to follow court orders,” he added.
Shingare said the council members will create bridge courses for existing acupuncture practitioners based on their educational qualification and years of practice in the field. Those who complete the course will be registered with the council as acupuncture practitioners. The move was to curb practice by untrained individuals.
He added that the appointment has been done as per the norms of MASTA and the internal politics of practitioners will delay the streamlining process because it might take another year or two before the formation of new MAC.
First Published: Jun 20, 2018 00:21 IST