Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday virtually laid the foundation stone of four new medical colleges in Rajasthan. He also inaugurated the Institute of Petrochemicals Technology (IPT) located in Sitapura, Jaipur. The medical colleges are based in Banswara, Sirohi, Hanumangarh and Dausa. Brief video presentations on the medical colleges and institutes were shown in the programme.
During his inaugural address, PM Modi said that the commencement of the construction of four new medical colleges in Rajasthan and the inauguration of the Institute of Petrochemicals Technology in Jaipur is an important step. “We are working on a new national health policy to transform the health sector of the country. Swachh Bharat Abhiyan to Ayushman Bharat and now Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission, etc. are part of this,” PM Modi said. Modi revealed that 2,500 health and wellness centres have started functioning in Rajasthan thereby strengthening the health facilities in villages and countryside. Further, the Prime Minister remarked that India’s health system was divided at several levels. “This pandemic has taught a lot in the health sector across the world. Every country is engaged in dealing with this crisis in its own way. India has resolved to increase its strength, self-reliance during this time,” PM added. These medical colleges have been sanctioned under the centrally sponsored scheme for “establishment of new medical colleges attached with district/ referral hospitals”.
The Government of India has developed CIPET, Institute of Petrochemicals Technology, Jaipur, in collaboration with the Government of Rajasthan. It is self-sustaining and dedicated to the petrochemical and related industries’ demands. It will provide youth with technical education to become skilled professionals. Union Minister Mansukh Mandaviya and Chief Minister of Rajasthan Ashok Gehlot were also present on the occasion.