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PIL filed against the Rural Health Regulatory Authority Bill

Days after state health minister Surjya Kanta Mishra went ahead with the Rural Health Regulatory Authority Bill, a PIL was filed in
Calcutta high court, challenging it.

The Bill allows candidates to pursue and complete a three-year course in medicine and practise in rural areas as rural health practitioners. Despite reservations from several quarters, including the Left Front, the bill was passed in the assembly on Wednesday.

People for Better Treatment filed the PIL on Friday, claiming that the bill was illegal and unconstitutional as it was against Article 14 (Right for equal treatment) and Article 21 (Right to life). “We will plead for an immediate injunction on the Bill and a showcause notice to the state government,” said Pallab Mohan Chakraborty, the advocate who filed the PIL.

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