Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government accorded sanction for creation of nearly 3,400 posts in various categories for five medical colleges in the state.
The sanction for creation of these posts was accorded at a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti here.
The cabinet accorded sanction to the creation of 3,375 posts of various categories for the five medical colleges.
It includes 2,025 posts for medical colleges in Rajouri, Baramulla and Anantnag, and 1,350 posts to be operative in the financial year 2018-19 for medical colleges at Kathua and Doda once they are established by the competent authority, an official spokesman said.
These posts are as per the Medical Council of India (MCI) guidelines of 675 posts per medical college.
The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had convened a meeting of Technical Evaluation Committee (TEC) at New Delhi on January 15 last year and June 5 this year. It had approved medical colleges in Anantnag, Baramulla, Rajouri, Kathua and Doda, he said.
During 2016-17 and 2017-18 fiscals, Rs 19,203 crore as the central share has been released for execution of these five new medical colleges.
Besides, an amount of Rs 5.70 crore of state share has also been released under Capex Budget during 2016-17 and 2017 -18 for the purpose.
In the first phase, three colleges are likely to be completed during 2018-19, subject to the availability of funds from the Centre, the spokesman said.
The department is planning to start first batch of 100 MBBS seats per medical college by 2019.
Besides, the remaining two medical colleges shall be made functional during the corresponding year, the spokesman said.
With the establishment of these new medical colleges in the state, the health care facilities will come at par with the norms and guidelines of MCI as well as intake capacity for both MBBS and paramedical courses will also increase, he said.