India / PM Modi inaugurates 9 medical colleges in Uttar Pradesh

Zoom News : Oct 25, 2021, 12:42 PM
Lucknow: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated nine medical colleges in Uttar Pradesh. Built at a cost of ₹2,329 crore, these medical colleges are situated in the districts of Siddharthnagar, Etah, Hardoi, Pratapgarh, Fatehpur, Deoria, Ghazipur, Mirzapur and Jaunpur.

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, governor Anandiben Patel and Union health and family welfare minister Mansukh Mandaviya were also present during the inauguration ceremony at Siddharthnagar.

Addressing a public gathering after inaugurating the colleges, Prime Minister Modi said, “The nine medical colleges will fulfil the dreams of a healthy India. They are a gift to the people of the state.”

Modi said that these nine colleges will create over 5,000 employment opportunities and around 2,500 hospital beds will be added. “Earlier governments left the people of 'Purvanchal' to suffer from diseases but now it will become a medical hub of northern India,” Modi said.

The Prime Minister also alleged that previous governments were only "filling their family lockers" and earning for themselves. “But our priority is to save the poor's money and provide them with facilities,” Modi added.

Of these colleges, eight have been sanctioned under Centre-sponsored schemes for "establishment of new medical colleges attached with district and referral hospitals". The medical college in Jaunpur, on the other hand, has been made functional by the Uttar Pradesh government through its own resources.

Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya said that the newly inaugurated medical colleges will benefit both the present and the future generations. “The Centre has opened 157 medical colleges in India,” Mandaviya added.

Modi will also launch the Pradhan Mantri Atmanirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana in Varanasi at 1.15pm. This was Modi's second visit to Uttar Pradesh in less than a month. The state will go to polls next year.

“Leaving for Siddharthnagar and Varanasi. Today, India’s largest scheme to scale-up health infrastructure will be launched. Various medical colleges along with key development works will be inaugurated,” Modi tweeted before leaving for Uttar Pradesh.