JAMMU, Jan 18: In shocking news for the people of Doda district, the Minister for Health and Medical Education Bali Bhagat today said that formal sanction for establishment of Medical College at Doda has not been received from the Government of India till date.
When asked by the BJP MLA from Doda Shakti Parihar about the timeframe to start work on newly sanctioned Medical College Doda, the Minister said, “the formal sanction along with necessary grant-in-aid for establishment of Medical College has not been received from the Government of India till date”, adding “once the formal sanction and financial grant is received, the construction work would be taken up by the department”.
He, however, said that revenue papers duly mutated in favour of Health and Medical Education Department for the land measuring 160 kanals identified at village Arnora Ghat have already been submitted to the Government of India for conveying the formal approval.
About the reason behind inordinate delay in creation of staff for Trauma Hospital Khellani and New Type PHCs in Doda, the Health Minister gave vague reply. “The proposal for creation of posts for Accidental Hospital is under examination”, he said.
“The posts created for newly established New Type PHCs in the State including those of Doda constituency are being referred to the concerned recruiting agencies for making selection and these NTPHCs will be made functional as soon as the selection list is received”, the Minister said.
It is pertinent to mention here that EXCELSIOR in its edition dated February 16, 2016 had exclusively highlighted that majority of the Trauma/ Accidental Hospitals in the State have been reeling under acute shortage of manpower thereby defeating the objective behind their establishment.
While ruling out establishment of Nursing College at Doda, the Minister said, “under Centrally Sponsored Scheme a GNM School has been sanctioned by the Government of India for Doda district to strengthen the nursing services”, adding “funds to the tune of Rs 3.37 crore have also been released to the executing agency for the purpose”.