Unavailability of Land becoming Hurdle for Setting up New Medical Colleges: MoS Health
New Delhi: Issues like unavailability of land are taking a hit on the Centrally Sponsored Scheme for 'Establishment of new medical colleges attached with existing district/referral hospitals', the Union Minister of Health Dr Bharati Pravin Pawar has recently stated.
Under the Scheme, which aims at strengthening the health infrastructure across the country, the Central Government has decided to set up 157 new medical colleges. However, in some states, these projects are hit by issues like the availability of land, Union minister Bharati Pawar said. She said the priority will be given to backward districts to improve the health infrastructure, reports PTI.
Medical Dialogues had earlier reported that responding to an RTI query, the Central Government had informed that a total number of 157 new medical colleges have been approved under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme since 2014.
Recently, Dr. Bharati Pravin Pawar informed the Lok Sabha on Friday that out of the 157 new medical colleges, which had been approved by the Central Government under the Central Scheme for 'Establishment of new medical colleges attached with existing district/referral hospitals', 70 medical colleges have become functional till now.
"The Central government has given a priority to backward districts and we are working there. We are establishing 157 new medical colleges. The government will increase the number of AIIMS to 22 from six. These are time-bound projects. But in many states, these projects are facing issues. In some states, these projects are pending because of the unavailability of land. Work stops for a period of one-two year. But this is not the case in Maharashtra," the minister told PTI on Friday night in Aurangabad.
She said the Union government was sanctioning facilities with funds but some issues persist.
"The Central government has issued a fund of around Rs 23,000 crore under the second phase of the COVID emergency relief plan and Maharashtra has also got a good share of it to tackle the probable third wave," she said.
The minister added that the preference was given to enhance the capacity to produce medical oxygen as the need for this life-saving gas shot up in the second wave of the pandemic.