In order to cater to the health care needs of the people, the Jammu and Kashmir government is planning to spend Rs 240 crore for upgrading and reconstructing various health facilities.
"It is necessary to expand the health care facilities in view of tremendous pressure on health sector as a result of turmoil and other health related factors," Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said during a meeting with the top officials of the state government on Sunday.
The 240 crore package, which includes Rs 200 cr from the Centre and Rs 40 cr from the state, will be used upgrade and construct hospitals in two medical colleges of Srinagar and Jammu, he said, adding that the work of hospitals will be ensured within 18 months.
The minister said both Central and state government are keen to launch various developmental projects and it is, therefore, necessary that measures are taken in advance and calendar is chalked out in detail for its timely completion.
He said that the medical equipments human resources required should be identified through proper procedure so that the hospitals become automatically functional within prescribed time frame.