Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Centre asks Nagaland, 13 other states to expedite new medical colleges

Spl. Correspondent

Centre has urged Nagaland and 13 others States to speedily accelerate utilisation of central funds and exponentially expedite completion of New Medical Colleges attached with existing District/Referral hospitals approved under Centrally Sponsored Scheme for early commencement of UG courses.
During review of the progress with Health Secretaries and Directors (Medical Education) of 14 States and UTs through video conference on Thursday, union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan urged the States to expedite the physical completion of projects to enable commencement of UG courses by academic session 2023-24. 157 new medical Colleges have been sanctioned under Centrally Sponsored Scheme since 2014, in three phases so far.
States/UTs that participated in the review meeting were A&N Islands, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Jharkhand, J&K, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha and Punjab. It was pointed out that since the scheme will conclude on March 31, 2024, all projects need to be completed in time.
It was informed that Rs. 7,500 crore had been allotted for the schemes of Human Resources for Health (HRH) and Medical Education (ME) for financial year 2022-23.
However, due to the slow pace of expenditure of the States/UTs and since there has been no requisition for release of funds from the states, further release of funds by the Centre to States cannot take place. States were further informed that utilization certificates have to be furnished urgently without delay to enable the Centre to release balance funds.
The Government of India had launched the Centrally Sponsored Scheme for “Establishment of new medical colleges attached with existing district/referral hospitals” in January, 2014, with fund sharing between the Central Government and States/UTs in the ratio of 90:10 for NE/special category states and 60:40 for other states.
This Centrally Sponsored Scheme is being implemented in three phases: Phase – I of CSS scheme for establishment of medical colleges was approved in Jan, 2014 with a timeline for completion by financial year 2019-20; Phase – II was approved in Feb, 2018 and will continue till 2021-22 and Phase – III of the CSS scheme was approved in Aug, 2019 with a completion timeline of 2023-24. Out of the total Central share of Rs. 15499.74 crore, Rs. 9,324.11 crore has been disbursed to the States/UTs till now and 14 medical colleges have become functional.
Dr. Manohar Agnani, AS (Health Ministry), Hekali Zhimomi, JS (Health Ministry) and senior officials of the Ministry were present in the meeting.


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