Union Health and Family Welfare Minister J P Nadda laid the foundation stone for three new medical Colleges at Rajouri, Anantnag and Baramulla districts in Jammu and Kashmir, today. “The new Medical Colleges will strengthen the medical infrastructure and give a big boost to tertiary healthcare and medical education in the region”, Nadda stated. He said that with total outlay of ₹ 189 crore each, the three new Medical Colleges will add 300 MBBS seats per year in the States with 100 seats per College. In addition, the medical infrastructure in the districts will be strengthened with addition of a 300 bed facility attached to each college.
Mehbooba Mufti, Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir; Dr. Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State (I/C); Bali Bhagat, State Minister for Health & Medical Education; and Asiea Naqash, Minister of State for Health & Medical Education, Government of Jammu & Kashmir were also present at the ceremonies.
The Union Health Minister stated that in addition to these new initiatives, the Government Medical College, Jammu and Government Medical College, Srinagar in the State of J&K have been taken up for upgradation under PMSSY with an outlay of Rs 120 Crore (i.e. Central contribution of ₹115 Crore and State share of Rs 5 Crore) for each medical college. He added that Rs 2194.8 crore since inception and Rs 688.8 crore during last two financial years has also been released to Jammu & Kashmir state for implementation of programmes approved under National Health Mission (NHM). Nadda said that the State is receiving higher allocation per capita like the North East (NE) States. State also has a provision of Hard Area Allowance, where maximum of Rs 20,000 is provided to Medical Officer.
Nadda stated that the Hon’ble Prime Minister had announced development package for Jammu & Kashmir on 7th November, 2015 which includes creation of two AIIMS-like institutions. Moreover, one time grant of up to ₹120 crore each for 2 State Cancer Institute at Jammu and Srinagar and up to ₹45 crore each for 3 Tertiary Care Cancer Centre (TCCC) at District Hospital in Kupwara, Kishtwar & Udahmpur districts has also been approved. Nadda said that these new initiatives shall significantly improve the healthcare facilities in the State.