Lucknow: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Monday, launched nine medical colleges in Uttar Pradesh’s Siddarthanagar. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya were also present on the occasion. Speaking at the launch, PM said that Uttar Pradesh’s ‘double-engine’ government has increased medical seats by more than 1900 seats in the last four years alone.
“Has it ever happened before that 9 colleges were inaugurated? Its reason is political priorities. Previous governments were only filling their family lockers and earning for themselves. But our priority is to save money belonging to the poor strata and provide them facilities,” PM Modi said in Siddarthanagar.
The nine medical colleges are situated in the districts of Siddharthnagar, Etah, Hardoi, Pratapgarh, Fatehpur, Deoria, Ghazipur, Mirzapur and Jaunpur.
PM said that with the opening of nine medical colleges, over 2500 new beds have been added to the region and over 5000 employment opportunities will be generated. “Earlier, the government had left the people of ‘Purvanchal’ to suffer from diseases but now it will become a medical hub of Northern India,” PM said.
“Opening 9 medical colleges in a day are no small thing. These medical colleges will benefit both, the present and future generations. Under PM Modi, medical education governance has improved… GoI has opened 157 medical colleges in the country,” said Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya.
Later during the day, PM Modi will be visiting Varanasi and inaugurating the development projects worth Rs 5,200 crore for his Lok Sabha constituency.
In the afternoon today, PM Modi will launch Pradhan Mantri Atmanirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana (PMASBY), which will be one of the largest pan-India schemes for strengthening health infrastructure across the country.
The PMASBY will be in addition to the National Health Mission, said the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) while confirming PM Modi’s itinerary.
UP Governor Anandiben Patel, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya will also be present during the event.