Assam: Rs. 220 Cr sanctioned to set up Medical College
- DoNER sanctions Rs 220 Crore funding for Medical college
- Acquisition already started at Dakshigaon
- All 26 district hospitals to have free dialysis provisions
In a first of its kind funding, the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region has sanctioned a fund of Rs 220 Crore for setting up a medical college and hospital in Nalbari district.
It will be the 11th medical college in the State.
Announcing this at a press conference, State Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sharma stressed how DoNER has sanctioned funds for the hospital for the first time.
“The DoNER has sanctioned Rs 220 crore for the medical college and hospital in Nalbari. The DoNER generally gives funds for road construction, etc. It is the first time that funds have been sanctioned for such an establishment,” Sharma said.
He said that the acquisition at Dakshigaon, about 10 km from Nalbari town, has already started. Around 100 bighas of land will be taken for the medical college and hospital. The hospital will have a capacity of 500-bed and an annual student intake of 100. The construction work is expected to start soon.
The minister also added that all the 26 district hospitals in the State will very soon have free dialysis provisions.
Meanwhile, the minister informed that 32 lakh smart cards for beneficiaries under Atal Amrit Abhiyan have already been distributed.
“The target is to reach out to 1.5 crore families with annual income of less than Rs 5 lakh which is likely to be completed by October this year,” the minister pointed out.
As part of the scheme, the beneficiaries will be able to get cashless treatment at empanelled hospitals across the State up to Rs 2 lakh per year for six scheduled diseases, including cancer and heart ailments.