Delhi Assures Funds For Many J&K Projects During Omar Visit

30 January 2009
The Hindu


Jammu: With the Union government assuring full support in development of the health and education sectors in Jammu and Kashmir apart from sanctioning funds for various projects, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah's three day visit to New Delhi has proved to be highly successful. Besides the assurance that came during the chief minister's visit to the national capital that concluded on Thursday, the State has also been sanctioned funds for several developmental projects as a result of the many meetings Omar had with various Union ministries, an official spokesman said here on Friday. Union Health Minister Dr Anbumani Ramadoss, assured Omar that the Union government would extend full support towards establishment of two 400-bed maternity hospitals worth Rs 300 crore in order to reduce the burden on the two existing hospitals in the State - one each in winter capital Jammu and summer capital Srinagar. The chief minister also actively pursued the need for special central assistance for strengthening the State's health infrastructure including construction of new buildings to house district hospitals and other health institutions which are currently operating out of rented accommodation, he said. On highlighting the issue of Medical Council of India (MCI) directive stopping admissions in MD paediatrics in GMC Jammu, Ramadoss told Omar to continue admissions but take measures to overcome deficiencies.