Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Das on Thursday laid foundation stones for three medical colleges at Palamu, Dumka and Hazaribag, respectively and announced that three more would be opened very soon.
Laying the foundation stone of the much awaited medical college in Palamu region, which will come up at Rs 292.7 crore on 12 acre of land, Das said “Land for three more medical colleges at Bokaro, Chaibasa and Koderma have been identified and foundation will be laid soon.”
This is the first time after 45 years that foundation stone of any medical college has been laid in the region.
The last medical college had come up in Dhanbad as Patliputra Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) in 1971.
Das in his address at Pokhraha village in Palamu, said, “Even after several decades of independence, patients of Palamu region still move to Ranchi for treatment. But, now they will get better treatment in their own district.”
The chief minister said, “New medical colleges are being set up in this state after a gap of 45 years. We expect the it to be completed within 18 months.”
Das reiterated that health and education were among the priority sectors of the state government. “We want to improve facilities in these sectors in coming days.”
At Dumka, the CM laid foundation stone of 500-bed hospital, which would come up on 25 acres of land.
“Only speeches will not make a difference. Action on ground is required, which is visible in Jharkhand after 16 years. Our government is working to eliminate poverty,” Das said in Dumka.
He said various small and medium scales industries would come up in Santhal Pargana under Momentum Jharkhand initiative, which will generate large scale employment.
Minister of state for civil aviation, Jayant Sinha also accompanied the CM. He said, “Dumka will get flight service within six months. We are committed to Dumka’s development.”
Later, chief minister Ragbhubar Das laid the foundation stone for a third medical college in Hazaribag.
The proposed 100-bed hospital will come up on 25 acre of land at cost of Rs 258.6 crore.