J&K to get five new medical colleges

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, on Tuesday, announced a Centre sponsored scheme for the establishment of new medical colleges for 58 districts in the country.

Twenty States and Union Territories have been identified under this scheme to establish new medical colleges with existing district or referral hospitals.

Anantnag and Baramulla have made it to the list from Kashmir, while in Jammu, Doda, Kathua and Rajouri will get new medical colleges.

The Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Faggan Singh Kulaste stated in a written reply in the Rajya that the total cost of establishment of one medical college under the scheme is to the tune of Rs 189 crore. The funds would be shared between the Centre and states in 90:10 ratio for Northeastern states and special category states and 60:40 for other states.

He further said that 55 new medical colleges have been approved for which funds amounting to Rs. 4357.42 crore have been released to the state governments and Union Territories administrations.

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