Centre’s bonanza to TN: 3 more medical colleges to come up in State, CM thanks PM

The Union ministry of health and family welfare has cleared the proposal of Tamil Nadu to set up three new medical colleges in Krishnagiri, Nagapattinam and Tiruvallur.

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said the Centre has given its approval for setting up three more government medical colleges in Tamil Nadu and sanction has so far been got for as many as nine such institutions this year alone.

Acceding to his government’s request, the Centre “has today ordered setting up new government medical colleges in the three districts of Krishnagiri, Tiruvallur and Nagapattinam,” he said. Adequate land has been earmarked for the new colleges.

The expenses to build these medical colleges will be borne by both the State and Central governments, which will contribute 40 per cent and 60 per cent for its construction. In August this year, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs had approved the setting up of 75 government medical colleges in the country by 2021-22 under the third phase of a centrally sponsored scheme.  

Thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Centre for the “not seen before” sanctions, Palaniswami in a statement said getting approval for nine new government medical colleges in a single year is a “historic achievement.”

Already, on October 23 this year, Centre’s sanction for six new government medical colleges was obtained in one go and now additionally approval has been received for three more, he said.

“Getting approvals for nine medical colleges in one year is a historical achievement. The Central government has approved Rs 2,925 crore for setting up of these colleges and has sanctioned Rs 1,755 crore. Tamil Nadu government will provide Rs 1,170 crore as its share,” EPS said.

“On behalf of the people of Tamil Nadu, I thank the prime minister for such an unprecedented approval for setting up medical colleges,” the chief minister added.

The Centre has so far approved Rs 2,925 crore to set up nine new medical colleges in the state. It will share the partial cost of Rs 1,755 crore while the state government will bear the rest.