In a major boost to affordable health care for people of Jammu and Kashmir, the government started work on constructing three government medical colleges in the state.
Health Minister JP Nadda and J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti laid foundation stones of three new medical colleges in Rajouri, Baramulla and Anantnag districts on Sunday.
These three medical colleges will be set up in Mehra in Rajouri district of Jammu, and in Kanth Bagh, area of Baramulla district and Dialgam area of Anantnag district.
The government is expected to spend around Rs 189 crore on setting up each new medical college.
These three medical colleges for the state of Jammu and Kashmir are in addition to two AIIMs that have been announced earlier.
The government will set up five new medical colleges in Jammu and Kashmir.
Health Minister JP Nadda informed the public that the land has been identified for construction of two AIIMs announced earlier.
Health Minister Nadda said the Centre has also sanctioned two State Cancer Institute’s at SKIMS Soura and GMC Jammu at an estimated cost of Rs 240 crores.
Speaking on the occassion, union minister in PMO Dr. Jitendra Singh said the Centre will bear 90 per cent cost of the total expenditure.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti hoped that the centre will continue to help the state in upgrading its health infrastructure.