5 Medical Colleges coming up in JnK under Centrally Sponsored Scheme: Rajya Sabha informed
The minister was responding to a question raised in the Rajya Sabha, of whether the Government planned to open any medical college in the rural areas of Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir;
The minister replied that the Health Ministry is implementing a Centrally Sponsored Scheme for Establishment of new Medical Colleges attached with existing district/referral hospitals. Under the Phase-I of the scheme, 58 districts have been identified in underserved areas in the country. It includes 5 in Jammu & Kashmir, namely, Anantnag, Baramulla, Rajouri, Doda and Kathua. Further, with the objective of ensuring at least one medical college for every 3 Parliamentary Constituencies and at least 1 Government Medical College in each State of the country, Phase-II of this Scheme has been launched during 2018. Under Phase-II of the Scheme, 24 new medical colleges in 8 States are being established.
Responding to the question on medical college for Kupwara, he responded that during analysis, no such block (consisting of 3 Parliamentary Constituencies) has been identified in Jammu & Kashmir State.
However, the State Government/any Registered Society/Trust/Company is free to set up the Medical College with prior permission of the Central Government under Section 10A of the IMC Act, 1956, he added