The Centre has approved a proposal of the Rajasthan Government to set up five medical colleges in different districts across the State. Once the plan gets executed, Rajasthan will be first State across the country to have medical colleges in every district.
Medical colleges will be established in Sawai Madhopur, Jhunjhunu, Hanumangarh, Tonk and Dausa. Taking into account these colleges, a total of 30 districts out of 33 in the State have a government medical college or have got an approval for it. Rajsamand, Jalore and Pratapgarh are the only districts where there is no government medical college.
A total amount of 325 crore has been sanctioned for each medical college, an official statement said.
Responding to the development, Dr Raghu Sharma, Minister for medical & Health, Government of Rajasthan, was quoted as saying: “At the time of independence in the state, there was only one medical college in Jaipur. The approval of opening 15 new medical colleges is a big achievement in the tenure of just 11 months of the present government.”
“With the opening of these medical colleges, besides tackling the shortage of doctors in the state, general medical facilities, as well as specialist medical services will be accessible in remote areas. Medical college approval is under process in Jalore district. Rajsamand has a medical college in the private sector,” he further said.