‘Rs 12 Cr 50-bedded hospitals to come up in every district’
Union Minister of State (MoS) for AYUSH and Defense, Shripad Yesso Naik Thursday said the Government of India (GoI) would follow the North East model of development for Jammu Kashmir.
As part of GoI's outreach programme after the abrogation of Article 370, Naik arrived in Kashmir to promote AYUSH medicine here and e-inaugurate some major projects in Srinagar city.
He also met various delegations and was apprised about their problems.
Naik said the newly-established union territory would witness development like North East states of India witnessed in last five years.
“The Government of India and Jammu Kashmir government will work in coordination so that J&K emerges among most developed places in India,” he said. “All the developmental works and schemes, which were incomplete for the past many years, will see progress now.”
Naik said to promote alternate medicine healthcare in J&K, Rs 12 crore 50-bedded hospitals would be set up in every district.
“The 100 bedded All India Institute of Ayurveda in New Delhi which was established in 2016 has received a warm response from the people,” Naik said. “Everyday 2000 patients will visit the hospital for treatment. It will be setup in other places across India including J&K.”
The Union Minister informed that at least 90 health centers would come up in Jammu Kashmir to improve the health sector in the region.
“Every village will have better medical facilities both allopathic and homeopathy so that poor get a better treatment,” he said.
Naik said of the 1644 projects sanctioned under Rs 8000 crore Prime Minister’s development package, work on 559 waters supply schemes had been taken up by the government.
“These 559 water supply schemes cost Rs 965 crore. Besides 500 connectivity works have been allotted under the PMGSY while 700 km road has been macadamised,” he said.
The union minister said with the establishment of new power projects having capacity of 3500 Megawatts, the power generation capacity of Kashmir had also improved.
Naik said the government had already introduced the health insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh for financially-weak families.
He said Jammu Kashmir would be promoted as a medical tourist destination.
“The atmosphere here is clean and hill stations can prove a good option for medical tourism in Jammu Kashmir,” Naik said.
As part of the Government of India’s outreach programme in Jammu and Kashmir, 36 ministers are scheduled to visit the region.
The aim of the visits by ministers is to make people aware of the “positive impact” of the abrogation of Article 370, which granted erstwhile state of Jammu Kashmir a special status, and share “development initiatives taken by the government” with them.
According to the officials, only five ministers would visit Kashmir and only eight meetings are scheduled to be held in Kashmir over the next four days while over 50 such meetings and programmes are scheduled in Jammu.
Naik later e-inaugurated various projects which included heritage lighting from Dalgate to Nishat and Nishat to Hazratbal along the Foreshore Road at an estimated cost of Rs 9.98 crore, inauguration of high mast sports flood lighting system at Radapora Sports Stadium Srinagar at an estimated cost of Rs 75 lakh, illumination of high mast sports flood lighting system at Lal Bazaar sports stadium at an estimated cost of Rs 50 lakh, illumination of high mast sports flood lighting system at Chinkral Mohalla sports stadium at an estimated cost of Rs 50 lakh and Affordable Medicines Reliable Implants for Treatment (AMRIT) stores at SKIMS and SMHS.
In the last phase of the outreach programme, Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank will visit Srinagar’s City Center on January 24 to meet various delegations.