The Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik urged the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a letter to release the centres’ share of funds for setting up five new medical colleges in the state. In a letter written to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said, “A revised estimate of Rs. 2450.90 crore for the five proposed medical colleges has been submitted to the ministry of health for capital expenditure, equipment and manpower. The response of the ministry is awaited.”
Under centrally-sponsored scheme five medical colleges are being made at the various districts of Odisha with cost of Rs. 189 crore each. It was decided that the central and state government share of the costs in setting up the five medical colleges would be in the ratio of 75:25. So far the central government has issued only Rs. 55 crore in three installments to the state for the medical colleges and thus the state government had to write to the centre.
Patnaik further in his letter said, “If the required funds are not released to the state in time, I am afraid, construction of these five new medical colleges will be delayed leading to continued shortage of doctors in the state.” He also mentioned that there has been no response from the Health Minister JP Nadda for releasing the funds when he wrote back in September, 2015. He mentioned that these colleges are very important to address the issue of shortage of doctors in the state and thus funds are necessary to address the issues immediately.
The Chief Minister Patnaik concluded by saying, “Admission in the new medical colleges for MBBS students has been scheduled to commence from 2017-18 academic session. My government on its part has made adequate budget provision for the project despite state’s financial crunch.”