NEW DELHI: Government of India’s health and family welfare ministry has approved 70 more post-graduate seats in different disciplines for the Government Medical Colleges in Jammu and Kashmir from the 2017-18 session.
As per the technical norms and student-faculty ratio, 20 seats have been increased in SKIMS, Soura, 37 in GMC, Srinagar and 13 in GMC, Jammu.
This was revealed at a meeting between Health Family Welfare minister Jai Prakash Nadda and state health minister Bali Bhagat in New Delhi.
Bali also drew Nadda’s attention towards issues that need to be prioritized to improve patient care such as release of balance funds under PMDP, reimbursement of non-Plan budget under Family Welfare Scheme, expediting formal sanction and release of funds for Medical College, Doda, release of funds for State Cancer Institutes, establishment/upgradation of drug testing laboratories in the state, release of funds for three Tertiary Care Cancer Centres, establishment of Burn Care Unit at GMC, Jammu and establishment of two AIIMS, one each at Kashmir and Jammu.
Nadda informed that the GoI has flagged Jammu and Kashmir as priority State so far as health sector is concerned. He said that the remaining amount of Rs. 50 crore under PMDP has been released for expeditious completion of various important health projects. He also apprised that the funds to the tune of Rs. 44.54 crore under Infrastructure Maintenance Pool on account of salary of staff borne on CSS-Family Welfare Scheme have also been released during the current financial year.
Regarding the establishment of AIIMS in Kashmir and Jammu, the Union Minister revealed that a joint team of officers of Central and State Governments will soon conduct the inspection of proposed sites and take a decision accordingly. Similarly, for setting up of State Cancer Institutes at SKIMS, Soura and GMC, Jammu, a team of experts will visit the State shortly for the on-spot study and take appropriate decision accordingly.
Nadda assured Bali for expeditious disposal of all pending issues relating to the health sector in Jammu and Kashmir. He, however, called for a close synergy between the State officers and Union Ministry for clearing certain technicalities relating to some important projects.