With this issue of the Homoeopathic Herald we complete its Sixth Volume. We enter the seventh year of its publication next month. Since its start in March 1938, there had been a break from April 1943 to August 1945 owing to Paper Control Ordinance. When its rules were partially relaxed the journal was revived in September 1945 with a lesser number of pages proportionate to the reduced quota granted to us. We hope, in the near future the Government will be pleased to remove the control completely, when we shall consummate our desire to present to our readers greater number of pages fraught with precious articles that could not appear for want of space.
By this opportunity we extend our grateful thanks to our contributors and subscribers for their unremitting co-operation which has enabled us to pilot this popular journal through many a trial and difficult, and we start sailing anew depending on the favourable wind of their good wished.
The year ending March 1946 terminates the period of office of the nominated first members of the General Council and State Faculty of Homoeopathic Medicine, Bengal, whose names were notified in the Calcutta Gazette of March 18, 1943, in terms of section 9 of the Statues promulgated with Government resolution No. 1568/Medl., dated the 24th June 1941. In the absence of any notification by the local Government extending the life of the present Council the Registered Homoeopathic doctors must immediately prepare themselves to exercise their franchise in electing their representatives on the General Council.
To have the privilege of electing representatives, the electorate must have, according to section 28 of the Statutes, a minimum number of 100 registered Homoeopathic practitioners in the case of Calcutta electorate, and 50 in the case of each of the five Divisions of Bengal. The Calcutta electorate have the privilege of electing ten registered Homoeopathic practitioners, each of the five Divisions will elect one, Dhacca city will elect two, and the affiliate Homoeopathic colleges with hospitals will elect five. Representatives (one each) of the Calcutta Corporation the Universities of Calcutta and Dhacca.
The Bengal Assembly and the Bengal Council are to be nominated, the Government will nominate two, and one non-Homoeopath will at last be co-opted by the rest of the General Council. The members of the Council shall then proceed to elect their President and one Vice-president. This together with the Registrar (Ex-officio) will constitute the General Council and Faculty under section 2 of the Statutes.
We hope the Department of Public Health & Local Self-Government, Bengal, will forthwith publish the list of registered Homoeopathic practitioners with their addresses, the rules to regulate the elections, notify the date, time and place of holding the elections and nominate the officers who shall scrutinize and conducting these elections should be placed in the hands of senior Executive Officers not below the status of District Magistrate.