An amount of Rs 170.10 crore has been released for the construction of Naga Hospital, Kohima, while another Rs 242.50 crore was sanctioned to Mon District Hospital.
By Imna Longchar, TFM Nagaland Correspondent
The ministry of health and family welfare, government of India (GoI) has asked the Nagaland government to expedite construction works of the long felt medical colleges in the State.
According to a source, medical colleges in the state were supposed to be “standing tall” since the year 2021 where amounts to the tune of Crores of rupees have been pumped in into the State for construction of the medical colleges.
The source while tabling the amount being sanctioned by the Central government also informed this correspondent that more than Crores of rupees have been released to two particular district hospitals in the state.
The source said that an amount of Rs 170.10 crores has been released to Naga Hospital, Kohima, while another Rs 242.50 crores was sanctioned to Mon District Hospital.
With an assertion that with the huge amount being released for construction of medical colleges in the State, it was learnt that the same issue was raised as “unstarred” question in the Lok Sabha by Nagaland’s only member of Parliament, Tokheho Yepthomi, on December 3 last year.
The question was put on the time by which the Kohima Medical College was to be made functional in the State of Nagaland, and also seeking the details of the progress of the medical college in Mon district.
The minister of state in the ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Bharati Pravin Pawar, has clarified through a press statement that the amount (s) was actually a centrally sponsored scheme for establishment of new medical colleges attached with the existing district/referral hospitals under which the two medical colleges have been approved in Nagaland.
He stated that as per the scheme guidelines, the Nagaland State government is the implementing agency and the planning, execution and commissioning of the projects is to be done by the State government for which the State government has been requested to expedite the construction works of the medical
Meanwhile, the first phase of scheme included Naga Hospital Kohima with total approved cost of Rs 189 crores with the central share (90 %) amounting to Rs 170.10 crores, the same total amount being released till date.
In the phase-III, District Hospital, Mon, was approved with the total cost of Rs 325 crores, with Central share of Rs 292.50 crore, and the total amount being released being Rs 242.50 crores.