Maharashtra Received Only Rs 263 Crore Funds For Medical Colleges: RTI Query Reveals

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Pune, 20th November 2021: A total of Rs 17,935.21 crore funds had been allotted to build a chain of medical colleges across India out of which only Rs 263 crore has been approved for Maharashtra said a social activist, citing a reply received through a Right to Information (RTI) Act filing. 

A total of 157 new medical colleges will be established in three phases in 27 states and union territories across the country under a scheme proposed by the Centre. The expenditure will be shared in the ratio of 60:40 (central government: state government) and North East/special category states in the ratio 90:10.

The maximum budget of Rs 2,467 crore has been released for Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra has been allocated with Rs 263 crore, including Rs 113.4 crore for phase-I and Rs 150 crore for phase- III. No funds have been allotted for two medical colleges in phase-II, according to the report received under the RTI.

Social activist, Prafful Sarda said, ”Maharashtra contributes maximum GST and tax revenues to the centre. Its population is the second highest in the country but compared to the other states ruled by BJP like, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Gujrat, the state is being given a step-motherly treatment.”

According to Sarda, the highest number of medical colleges, 27, have been given to Uttar Pradesh. He said, it is being done by the Centre keeping in mind the crucial UP assembly elections which are due in early 2022.