Chandigarh, May 9 – Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal, said that the process to open government medical colleges in Panchkula, Bhiwani and Jind was underway.
The Chief Minister was speaking after laying the foundation stone of Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre in Faridabad today. This centre, to be built over 100 acres, would include a 2,000-bed hospital which would have the highest capacity in northern India.
The Chief Minister said that budget provision of Rs 3,916.94 crore had been made for health and family welfare in 2016-17 for expansion of health services in the State. He said that this was 37.1 per cent more than the budget expenditure of 2015-16.
Greeting the people on the occasion of Akshaya Tritiya and Parshuram Jayanti, the Chief Minister said that the construction of the hospital would provide health facilities to the people, including the poor. He also announced that the chowk and dividing road of Sector 87-88 would be named after Mata Amritanandamayi.
The Chief Minister said that the State Government had also framed a scheme to establish a National Cardiovascular Institute at Badshah, district Jhajjar. A national cancer institute is also being set up in Badshah. This 710-bed institute, being built on the pattern of NCI in the US, would be ready within three years, he added.
Reiterating the State Government’s commitment to provide medical facilities to every person, the Chief Minister said that a target has been set to open a medical college in each district.
He said that the sex ratio in Haryana had crossed the 900-mark after the implementation of the ambitious ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ programme launched by Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, in January 2015. Crediting Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) for the success of the programme, he said that their honorarium had been doubled from Rs 500 to Rs 1,000.
With a view to create awareness regarding conservation of the environment among school children, the Chief Minister also distributed saplings among them.
Former Chief Information Commissioner of India and Executive Director, Mata Amritanandamayi Hospital, Mr. Satyananda Mishra, said that a block of the upcoming research centre and hospital would be dedicated to research for making medical services affordable.
Those present on this occasion included Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Mrs. Seema Trikha, MLA, Mr. Tek Chand, MLA, Mr. Mool Chand Sharma, MLA, Mr. Vipul Goyal, Additional Chief Secretary, Finance and Planning, Mr. Sanjeev Kaushal, Additional Chief Secretary, Health, Mr. P.K. Mahapatra, Additional Chief Secretary, Town and Country Planning, Mr. P. Raghavendra Rao and other senior officers and prominent personalities of the area.