The Madras High Court on Thursday (24th September) observed that it is the duty of the Central Ministry of AYUSH to popularise every Indian system of medicine including Siddha in all the States.
The Division Bench of Justice N. Kirubakaran and Justice P. Velmurugan further opined,
"It is incumbent on the Ministry of AYUSH to open at least one hospital for each system in every State and instructions shall also be obtained by the learned Assistant Solicitor General in this regard."
The High Court by order dated 10.09.2020 had raised certain queries to be answered by the Department of AYUSH regarding the number of posts available in each Indian system of medicine and number of posts vacant and the time required to fill up the said posts.
An affidavit and details were filed by Mr.G. Karthikeyan, (Assistant Solicitor General) answering the queries raised by the Court.
It was submitted that the Department of Ayurveda has got 95 posts and the Department of Unani has got 25 posts in the categories viz., Advisor, Joint Advisor, Deputy Advisor, Assistant Advisor, Medical Officer, whereas, the Department of Siddha has got only 5 posts in the said categories.
The Court noted that it was evident that number of posts allotted to the Department of Siddha is very meager compared to other departments of AYUSH.
The Court further noted that even the negligible number of five posts in each category have not been filled up in the Department of Siddha.
It was stated before the Court that the vacancies have to be filled by the UPSC and in this regard, a proposal has been sent to UPSC on 17.07.2019 and the recruitment process would be carried out by them.
Notably, In view of this Submission, the Court, Suo Motu, impleaded "Union Public Service Commission, Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi - 110069". And directed it to file an affidavit as to when the examination will be conducted and the recruitment process will be over for appointment of posts viz., Advisor, Joint Advisor, Deputy Advisor, Assistant Advisor, Medical Officer, not only in the Department of Siddha, but also in other Departments of AYUSH.
Further, the Court directed the Assistant Solicitor General to give the total number of posts available under each category in each Indian system and the number of vacant posts to be filled up, by way of an affidavit.
The Court further remarked,
"It is also stated in the floor of parliament that 'Kabasurakudineer' is found to be an effective treatment for Covid-19. When that is so, 'Kabasurakudineer' should be popularised and should be made available throughout the Country so that all the people living in every part of India could be benefited out of Siddha medicine viz., 'Kabasurakudineer' which is an effective treatment for Covid-19." (emphasis supplied)
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