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Fitness certificates by Ayurvedic Doctors valid: Calcutta High Court

The Calcutta High Court has issued an order making the fitness certificates issued by ayurvedic doctors holding a valid BAMS degree or equivalent acceptable by all concerned and directed the state government to implement it, according to the reports from local media.

Despite the fact that the law was passed by the state assembly in 1961, it was not implemented for 62 years due to opposition from various state organs.

Objections by different CMOH offices, the Department of allopathic under the state health ministry, or even road transport departments created hurdles putting people into inconvenience.

The court has now issued an order on March 23, 2023, in response to a petition filed by Dr Krishsnendu Saha, directing all parties involved to accept fitness certificates issued by ayurvedic doctors holding a valid BAMS degree or equivalent.

Ayurvedic practitioners with BAMS or equivalent qualifications can now issue medical or fitness certificates that are acceptable, according to a judgement delivered by Justice Moushumi Bhattacharya of the Calcutta High Court.

It should be noted that a letter to this effect, issued by the director of Ayurveda in April 2022 to the state's two Health Directors, the transport department, district officials, and Ayush officials fell on deaf ears.

According to media reports, Prof (Vaidya) Rakesh Sharma, President of the Board of Ethics and Registration for the Indian System of Medicine (BERISM), issued a letter stating that Ayurvedic doctors can issue medical certificates.

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