GUWAHATI, Dec 19: Assam government will set up three medical colleges in Nalbari, Kokrajhar and Tinsukia entailing an expenditure of Rs 1,186 crore, Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said here on Wednesday.
Each college will have 500 beds for patients, 100 MBBS seats for students. The foundation stone of all the three medical colleges will be laid in early January, Sarma said addressing a press conference here.
“In order to achieve the goal of bringing the healthcare facilities to all corners of the state, the government is going to start three new medical colleges,” Sarma also said.
The government has earmarked Rs 398.31 crore for Nalbari Medical College, Rs 382.70 crore for Kokrajhar Medical College and Rs 404.63 crore for Tinsukia Medical College, the minister said.
“On January 6, 7 and 9, the foundation of Kokrajhar, Nalbari and Tinsukia will be laid by chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal. These will be ready in the next three years,” he said.
Currently, Assam has six medical colleges at Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Silchar, Jorhat, Tezpur and Barpeta.
Four more are currently under construction at Dhubri, Lakhimpur, Nagaon and Diphu, which will start functioning from 2020-21. Once the three announced medical colleges becomes operational, the state will have a total of 13 medical colleges having 1426 seats.
“74 percent construction works have been completed in Diphu Medical College, while 54 percent completed in Lakhimpur Medical College, 50.94 percent completed in Nagaon Medical College and 38 percent completed in Dhubri Medical College. These medical colleges will start functioning from 2020-21 and each medical college will have bed capacity of 500,” Sarma said.
Sarma who is also in charge of finance department, announced release of Rs 2500 to each tea garden beneficiaries under second phase of Chah Bagicha Dhan Puraskar scheme.
After demonetisation, a total of 7,21,485 tea garden workers of 752 tea gardens under 26 districts had opened bank accounts and the state government had launched the Chah Bagicha Dhan Puraskar Mela and announced to credit Rs 5,000 to each bank account.
The government had transferred the first tranche of Rs 2,500 through direct benefit transfer to each of the 7,21,485 bank accounts involving a total of Rs 182 crore under first phase. The state government will spend around Rs 200 crore for it, he added.