The Karnataka Ayurveda and Yunani Medical Board (KAYMB) has made it compulsory for all ayurveda and unani doctors to have a biometric identity card cum new certificate.
Quacks generally claim to be ayurvedic or unani doctors, but with this new system, these fake doctors can be monitored.
Earlier, the KAYMB issued certificates with photographs affixed on it and a few years ago, it gave identity cards to these practitioners.
But the board members noticed that impersonation was rampant. The life membership certificate was misused after the demise of the registered doctor and in many cases, the photographs were changed. Since 1965, the KAYMB has been issuing certificates to qualified doctors. Now it has come up with an idea to rectify the anomalies. This would be a severe blow for quacks. Those who are practising ayurvedic and unani system of medicine and have registration certificates have to return their certificates to the KAYMB. They can later collect biometric cards with bar code and other guaranteed information provided in the certificate, and their identity cards.
Under secretary of the Health and Family Welfare Department (Indian medicine system and coordination division) T N Narasimharaju in an order stated that issuing smart cards would help in identification of quacks. The order has been sent to authorities of all the district headquarters.