JAIPUR: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Tuesday said that the Center should make rules more simple and practical for setting up medical colleges so that more institutions can be set up in the government and private sectors.
He said that this would increase the scope of medical education and people would be able to get best medical facilities at their nearest place.
Citing the Ukraine crisis, due to which many medical students got stuck in the war-torn country, Gehlot said it has become necessary to set up a network of medical colleges in a large country like India.
He said that this should also be done in view of the rapid growth of population and development of health services as per international standards.
The Chief Minister was addressing the foundation stone laying ceremony of Nagaur and Alwar Medical Colleges through video conferencing from the Chief Minister’s residence.
He said that during the Congress-led UPA government, the ratio of the share of the Center and the state for setting up a medical college was 75:25. It is now 60:40, the chief minister said.
Gehlot said that in view of the economic condition of the states, the Center should increase its share.
He said that his government has ensured health security of every family by launching Mukhyamantri Chiranjeevi Swasthya Bima Yojana.
He said that in the budget of 2022-23, the state government has taken a step forward and increased the insurance cover under the scheme from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh.
Gehlot said that outdoor and indoor medical facilities would also be provided free of cost in every government hospital in the state.
He said that the Center should also consider this and provide health services completely free of cost in all government hospitals of the country.
Gehlot said that there are government medical colleges in 30 districts of the state but Jalore, Rajsamand and Pratapgarh districts are deprived of it.
He said that the Center should soon give approval to medical colleges in these districts as well.
He said that as per the international standards and the requirement of the country, there should be at least four doctors per 1,000 population.
The Chief Minister suggested that keeping this in mind the Center should increase the number of medical colleges and also the seats in them.
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said that it is the effort of the Center to increase the number of medical colleges across the country and provide better facilities to the people.
He said that opening of medical colleges not only benefits the students but also the local people.
Mandaviya said there has been a huge increase in the number of seats in medical colleges, and the number of undergraduate and postgraduate seats in Rajasthan is higher than the national average.
He expressed hope that with the cooperation of the state government, the work of new medical colleges would be completed on time.
The minister said that with the establishment of new medical colleges, the people of Rajasthan will not have to go to other states for treatment.
Mandaviya said that the Center is simplifying the norms for setting up medical colleges. With this, any company or NGO will also be able to establish a medical college.
State Health Minister Parsadi Lal Meena said that new medical colleges are being built in Alwar and Nagori.
He said that 189 beds would be available in the hospital attached to Nagaur Medical College and 100 beds in the hospital to be built in Alwar.

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