CCEA nod for financial assistance to medical colleges

Cabinet also approved a proposal to repeal an archaic law, which empowers government to force bookings in hotels in national capital.

New Delhi | Published: January 10, 2014 3:39 am

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) Thursday approved a scheme to provide financial assistance for medical colleges to upgrade infrastructure to increase seats. While the actual increase would depend on proposals state and central government medical colleges send, a provision has been made for enhancing infrastructure for augmenting 10,000 seats. Health Ministry officials say the increase will take four five years.
The scheme is expected to cost Rs 10,000 crore of which around 75% will be paid by the Centre and the rest by states. For North Eastern States and special category states, 90 per cent of the funds will be put in by the centre and 10 per cent by the states.
“This is a scheme to facilitate medical colleges to augment capacity. We have a scheme for postgraduate seats where colleges can seek help for equipment upgradation to start PG courses. This scheme takes the concept into the UG (undergraduate) arena also. Colleges can send proposals for infrastructure augmentation and once that has been funded, they can approach MCI for increase in number of seats,” said a health ministry official.
The cabinet also approved a proposal to repeal an archaic law, which empowers the government to force bookings in hotels in the national capital. “The cabinet today approved it and now the legislative measures will follow. Parliament will repeal it,” Information  and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewary said.
The cabinet also approved the National Youth Policy 2014.

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