Govt to end practice of magical healing
Sarma said that the state cabinet, which met on Saturday, took a landmark decision to end the practice of magical healing.
The cabinet approved a bill to provide relief to victims of magical healing in the name of treatment. Under the Assam Healing (Prevention of Evil) Practices Bill, 2024, any person found guilty of committing the illegal act in the name of treatment/magical healing will be punished with imprisonment and a fine.
“The proposed bill seeks to prohibit and eliminate the practices of magical healing in the name of treatment of some congenital diseases like deafness, dumbness, blindness, physical deformities, autism, etc,” said Sarma.
He also added that this bill will prohibit such healing sessions completely and provide strong punitive action against “healers” extorting the poor and downtrodden people in the name of treatment.
Meanwhile, Assam has become the first state to deliver over one crore Ayushman cards.
“Assam Achieves a New Milestone. Assam has taken sustained efforts to realise Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi ji’s goal of Universal Health Coverage. We have become the 1st State to deliver more than 1cr Ayushman Cards to our people through efforts such as Viksit Bharat Yatra and Ayushman Apke Dwar Abhiyan,” Sarma wrote on X, formerly Twitter.