Good News: JK gets 3 more GMCs; Bad News: 2 put on hold

Jammu and Kashmir News

JAMMU: Union Health Minister JP Nadda has given nod to opening of three Government Medical Colleges (GMCs) in Jammu and Kashmir. On the other hand he has put on hold the opening of two others due to various factors. The Union Health Ministry has even finalised the site for opening of new All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Vijaypur but still some queries have been raised over Kashmir AIIMS proposed at Awantipora.

The Union Health Ministry had earlier approved five new Medical Colleges for the State including Baramulla and Anantnag in Kashmir and Rajouri, Doda and Kathua in Jammu. However, Nadda gave nod at the moment for starting work on the three Medical Colleges of Baramulla, Anantnag and Rajouri while withholding decision on two other Colleges of Kathua and Doda due to delay in completion of formalities.

In an interview with a Local Daily, the Union Health Minister gave a detailed review of the opening of five new Medical Colleges in J&K with Commissioner/Secretary, Health and Medical Education, Dr Mandeep K Bhandari. When approached, Health and Medical Education Minister Bali Bhagat confirmed that Health Ministry of the State has received formal sanction from Union Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda for initiating work on opening of three Medical Colleges in J&K. He also expressed confidence that the Ministry will soon try to complete the formalities for obtaining sanction for Doda and Kathua Medical Colleges. Bhagat added that Nadda has given consent to lay foundation stone of three new Medical Colleges in the State before May 20.

Sources said the Union Health Ministry raised serious objections to identification of land for opening Medical College Kathua in a village and, therefore, refused to give formal sanction for the College. The land had been identified few months back. All the three newly proposed Medical Colleges will have minimum of 160 kanals of land and will be within the radius of 10 kilometers from the existing District Hospital. On opening of the new Medical College, the District Hospital will maintain its separate identity but will be close to the College complex.

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