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India-Pakistan Agreement-A Non-Event

responsibility must rest with the practitioners of Western medicine and their organisations, such as the Indian Medical Association. A case in point is their attitude to the national health scheme for rural are-as, mooted by the Union Health Ministry last yean The scheme proposes to mobilise the large number of so-called registered medical practitioners or traditional systems of medicine to provide the first tier of the public health structure in the rural areas. The IMA was immediately up in arms and even observed a 'black day' against the scheme on April 16. The IMA's objection to the scheme was ostensibly on the ground that it would amount to leaving the rural population at the mercy of 'quacks'. This was jrardly convincing, since the bulk of the rural population is anyway dependent on the so-called quacks. Clearly, what the IMA was really worried about was the prospect of diversion of a part of the government's expenditure on health, which today almost exclusively benefits the practitioners of western medicine.

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