SRINAGAR: The Government of India, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare selected five districts in the state of Jammu and Kashmir for establishment of new medical colleges.
In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday the Minister of State (Health and Family Welfare), Faggan Singh Kulaste stated that a total of date 55 new Colleges have been approved with funds to the tune of Rs.4357.42 crore have been released to the state governments under the Scheme.
In Jammu and Kashmir new medical colleges will be set in districts of Anantnag, Baramulla, Doda, Kathua, Rajouri. However, on the ground, the progress on setting up these colleges has been dismal. The colleges were announced to be set up during Manmohan Singh led UPA-II government.
Under this centrally sponsored scheme for establishment 58 districts in 20 States and Union Territories have been selected for setting up of new medical colleges with existing district and referral hospitals.
The GoI handout further said that a total cost of establishment of one Medical College under the scheme is Rs.189 crore with fund sharing between the GoI and States in the ratio of 90:10 for north-east and Special Category States while 60:40 for other States.