The Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti Thursday called for expediting work on establishment of the five new medical colleges to augment the medical education and healthcare facilities in the State.

Chairing a high level meeting here to review the progress of work on establishment of new medical colleges in the State, the Chief Minister said that the new Medical Colleges coming up at Baramulla, Anantnag, Rajouri, Doda and Kathua, will not only strengthen the medical infrastructure, but also give a big boost to the tertiary healthcare and medical education in the region. She added that these new Medical Colleges will also substantially add to the already existing MBBS seats per year in the State with 100 seats per College.

The meeting was informed that the responsibility of executing the work on the two new medical colleges at Baramulla and Anantnag has been assigned to JKPCC and for Rajouri it has been assigned to R&B Department Jammu. The foundation stone for the medical colleges at Rajouri, Baramulla and Anantnag was laid by the Chief Minister and the Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare on 15 May 2016.

With regard to establishment of the other two medical colleges at Doda and Kathua, the Chief Minister was informed that the final award and consequent mutation of the land for the medical college at Doda in favour of Health & Medical Education Department and transfer of land for the one at Kathua is under process. In this regard, the Chief Minister issued directions for time bound completion of this exercise, enabling timely start of execution of these two projects as well.