Norms Should Be Changed for Opening More Medical Colleges in the Country:Ashok Gehlot


Jaipur, March 9. Chief Minister Mr Ashok Gehlot said that the Central Government should make the norms more simple and practical for setting up medical colleges in the country so that more and more medical colleges are set up in the government sector as well as in the private sector.

 This will increase the scope of medical education and people will be able to get the best medical facilities at their nearest place. It has become necessary that a network of medical colleges is laid in the entire country after the current Ukraine crisis. He said looking at the rapid growth of population in India and to develop health care services as per the international standards, we need more medical colleges. 

Mr Gehlot was addressing the foundation stone laying function of Nagaur and Alwar Medical Colleges through video conference from his official residence on Tuesday. He said that the ratio of share amount of Centre and State was 75:25 for setting up a medical college at the time of the former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, which now has been increased to 60:40. He said that the Central Government should increase its share amount looking at the economic conditions of the States.

The Chief Minister said that the State Government is expanding and strengthening the medical facilities in the State with full commitment. He said, during my last tenure we started the facility of free medicines and testing. This time we have ensured the health protection of every family by starting Mukhyamantri Chiranjeevi Swasthya Bima Yojana. He said that in this budget taking a step ahead the insurance coverage in Chiranjeevi Scheme has been increased to Rs. 10 lakh from Rs. 5 lakh. The outdoor and indoor medical facilities in every government hospital of the State are now free. He said that the Central Government taking leaf out of this, should provide free health services in all the government hospitals in the country.

Mr Gehlot said that it is pleasant that the Establishment of New Medical Colleges Attached with Existing District Referral Hospitals Scheme was made for the expansion of medical colleges during the time of the UPA Government, the NDA Government continuing the same granted approvals for medical colleges across the country. Rajasthan could get 23 new Medical Colleges because of this scheme. He said that the 30 districts of the State have got the government medical colleges, but Jalore, Rajsamand and Pratapgarh districts are deprived of it. The Central Government should soon approve medical colleges in these districts also. He said that as per the international standards and as per the need of the country there should be at least four doctors to every 1000 population. The Central Government looking at it should increase the number of medical colleges and seats in them.

Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Mr Mansukh Mandaviya said that it is endeavour of the Central Government to increase the number of medical colleges across the country and provide better medical facilities to the people. He said that the opening of medical colleges will not only benefit the students of the medical field, but the local people will also get good health facilities and an economic system is created there.

Mr  Mandaviya said that it is a matter of happiness that there has been a big increase in the number of medical colleges and in UG and PG seats in Rajasthan, which is higher than the national average. He said that the people of Rajasthan need not have to go to other States for treatment with the setting up of new medical colleges. He hoped that the work of new medical colleges would be completed on time with the cooperation of the State Government. He said that the Central Government is making the standards easy for setting up medical colleges, with which any company or NGO too can set up a medical college.

Health Minister of Rajasthan Mr Parsadi Lal Meena said that new medical colleges in Alwar and Nagaur are being constructed with an estimated cost of Rs 650 crore. The hospital attached with Nagaur Medical College will have 189 beds, while the hospital to be built in Alwar will have 100 beds. He said that till now only 4-5 types of special facilities were available in the district hospitals here and with the construction of new medical colleges, 14-15 types of more specialised medical services will be available. The facility of research will be available with high-level medical treatment. Students will be able to get practical clinical training with the starting of a skill lab in each.

Principal Secretary Medical Education Mr Vaibhav Galriya said that the State Government has provided 14 acres of land in Alwar and 100 bighas of land in Nagaur for setting up the medical college. He also informed about the progress of new medical colleges under construction in various districts under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme.