BELAGAVI: As many as five Bills, including the one that makes registration mandatory for medical practitioners, were tabled on Wednesday.
The Karnataka Ayurvedic, Naturopathy, Siddha, Unani and Yoga Practitioners Registration and Medical Practitioners Miscellaneous provisions (Amendment) Bill, 2016, tabled by Health Minister K R Ramesh Kumar, will streamline the AYUSH system and check illegal practice by quacks. The minister said the Bill makes it mandatory for AYUSH practitioners to display their ID cards at their clinics.
There is also provision of incorporating higher qualification in the register and enhancement of penalties in case of an offence. It may extend up to Rs 25,000 for the first offence and fine of Rs 2 lakh for the second. Maximum of Rs 5 lakh fine and imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 years will be imposed for every subsequent offence, if convicted.
Bill on new names
Two years after Karnataka changed the name of 12 cities, including Bangalore, Law Minister T B Jayachandra tabled the Karnataka Alteration of Names of Certain Places Bill, 2016 in the Assembly. New names were still unaltered in different laws and hence the Bill.
Meanwhile, Bengaluru Development Minister K J Goerge tabled the Bangalore Metropolitan Region Development Authority (Amendment) Bill , 2016 that will rename the ‘corporation’ as the Bruhat Bengaluru
Forest Minister Ramanath Rai also tabled the Karnataka State Civil Services (Regulation of Transfers and posting of Forest Officers and Other Officials) Bill, 2016. It will provide equal opportunity to field staff in selecting places of their choice for transfers. It is expected to improve administrative efficiency and discipline among the staff.