Judgement of the Supreme Court of India regarding the question of granting registration to practice medicines to the ‘Paramparya Vaidyas’ of Kerala, 13/04/2018

  • 13/04/2018

Judgement of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of Kerala Ayurveda Paramparya Vaidya Forum Vs State of Kerala & Others dated 13/04/2018 regarding the question of granting registration to practice medicines to the ‘Paramparya Vaidyas’. The appellants have contended that in the State of Kerala, a large number of persons are practicing in Sidha/Unani/Ayurveda system of medicines known as ‘Paramparya Vaidyas’, which are in vogue for a long time. They have acquired knowledge and experience from their gurus and parents and by continued practice over a long period of time they have acquired the requisite expertise. The enactment of the Travancore-Cochin Medical Practitioners Act 1953, Section 38 empowered the State Government to regulate the qualifications and to provide for the registration of practitioners of modern medicine.

The Supreme Court while dismissing the Application said that persons having no recognized and approved qualifications, having little knowledge about the indigenous medicines, are becoming medical practitioners and playing with the lives of thousands and millions of people. A number of unqualified, untrained quacks are posing a great risk to the entire society and playing with the lives of people without having the requisite training and education in the science from approved institutions. The Travancore-Cochin Medical Practitioners Act, 1953 as well as the Indian Medicine Central Council Act, 1970 were also enacted on the similar lines.

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