New Delhi: The Minister of State (Health and Family Welfare), Sh Faggan Singh Kulaste through written reply in the Lok Sabha here, informed the Members about the upgradation of 51 district hospitals into medical colleges.
The Ministry administers a Centrally Sponsored Scheme namely, ‘Establishment of new Medical Colleges attached with existing district/referral hospitals’ with fund sharing between the Central Government and States in the ratio of 90:10 for NE/special category states and 60:40 for other States. The total cost of establishment of one Medical College under the scheme is Rs.189 crore. 58 districts in 20 States/UTs have been identified under this Scheme. Detailsare given below:
List of identified States/districts under the scheme for “Establishment of new Medical Colleges attached with existing district/referral hospitals”
|1||A & N Islands||1||Port Blair|
|9||Jammu & Kashmir||5||Anatnag|
|12||Meghalaya||1||West Garo Hills, Tura|
|18||West Bengal||5||Birbhum (Rampur Hat)|
|Diamond harbour, South 24 Paraganas|
|Raiganj, North Dinajpur|
The objective is to establish 58 medical colleges with intake capacity of 100 in each to increase 5800 seats at the undergraduate level in Government sector. The concerned State Governments have been requested to submit Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) in this regard. 51 districts have been approved till date. So far, funds to the tune of Rs.1504.73 core have been released to the State Governments for the approved districts under the Scheme.
As per the MoU signed with the States under the Scheme, it is for the State Governments to provide land for the project and ensure timely completion of works. The Ministry has requested the State Government of Himachal Pradesh for early finalization of forest clearance for New Medical College at Hamirpur.