Union minister JP Nadda on May 15 laid foundation stones of three medical colleges in Jammu and Kashmir.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Jitendra Singh along with several ministers from the state were also present on the occasion.
To be set up at a cost of around Rs 189 crore each, these colleges will be set up in Rajouri (Jammu division), Anantnag (south Kashmir) and Baramulla (north Kashmir). Additionally, the medical college in Rajouri will have 100 MBBS seats and a hospital with the capacity of 300 beds.
The approval for the two more colleges, to be set up in Kathua and Doda, is likely to be conveyed by the Centre as soon as the formalities are finalised.
The above measures highlight the commitment of the Centre to ensure upgradation and modernisation of healthcare institutions in Jammu and Kashmir.
The setting up of five medical colleges will herald a new era of development and also narrow down the gap between Jammu and Kashmir and other states. Additionally, such health infrastructures will enable Jammu and Kashmir to be self-sufficient by having more trained manpower and ensure improvement in the overall health services.
The Centre has reiterated its commitment to ensure a comprehensive programme for expanding and strengthening health and diagnostic facilities, especially in the rural and far-flung areas.