RTI activist alleges Centre is favouring BJP led states in medical education funding

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Updated on Mar 29, 2022 12:04 IST

An RTI activist has said that the Centre has released INR 24,505.19 crore to various states from 2014 to March 2022 for medical education, with Telangana’s share being only INR 42.75 crore.

RTI activist alleges Centre is favouring BJP led states in medical education funding

BJP ruled states or its allies have benefited more in the last seven years as far as medical education is concerned, claimed an RTI activist I Ravikumar. He said that the Centre's Department of Medical Education has released INR 24,505.19 crore to various states from 2014 to March 2022 and Telangana has received only INR 42.75 crore.

The Department of Medical Education has provided funding for MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) education, introducing new PG courses and increasing seats in existing colleges in all the states in India. 

I Ravikumar has alleged that the Centre has provided 90% of the grant to the North Eastern States and 60% to the rest of India, as reported by Indian Express. 

Telangana has been ignored in medical education funding, says RTI activist

BJP led Union government has sanctioned INR 41,332.61 crore for 157 new government medical colleges and released INR 20,39021 crore. It sanctioned as many as 27 medical colleges in Uttar Pradesh, 23 in Rajasthan, 14 in Madhya Pradesh, four in Karnataka, three in Andhra Pradesh while no medical college has been sanctioned in Telangana in the last years, the RTI activist added.

The Government of India has given a nod to as many as 157 new medical colleges in India since 2014, which is expected to add nearly 16000 undergraduate medical seats on completion. As per the government of India press release on October 24, 2021, of these, 6500 seats have already been created with the functioning of 64 new Medical Colleges.

Under the Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS), the Union Government has also provided INR 2,451.1 crore for the up-gradation of existing state government or central government medical colleges to increase MBBS seats in the country, the press release added.

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