Medical colleges will be opened in all the districts of Bihar. At present, medical colleges are open in 28 districts. The construction of medical colleges in the remaining 10 districts will be done in a phased manner in the coming years. On Tuesday, in response to the non-official resolution of BJP’s Ramnarayan Mandal, Health Minister Mangal Pandey gave this information in the assembly.
Ramnarayan Mandal had brought a proposal to open a medical college at Woodkaula in Banka citing vacant government land. Responding to this, the Health Minister said that at present there are 11 medical college hospitals operating in the state. These are being operated in eight districts of Patna, Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur, Bhagalpur, Gaya, Nalanda, Bettiah and Madhepura. At the same time, 11 more medical colleges and hospitals are being constructed under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme and the Seven Nishchay Yojana of Bihar. This construction is being done in Samastipur, Saran, Begusarai, Vaishali, Bhojpur, Madhubani, Sitamarhi, Buxar, Jamui, Siwan and Purnia. The construction of Government Medical College and Hospital in two districts Munger and Motihari is under process before the government. Whereas the proposal for establishment of AIIMS in Darbhanga is approved.
The Minister said that apart from this, eight private medical colleges and hospitals are operating in seven districts of the state. These districts are Kishanganj, Katihar, Rohtas, Saharsa, Madhubani, Patna and Muzaffarpur. In this way, government and private medical colleges and hospitals are operating or are under construction in 28 districts of the state. There is a plan to build government medical colleges and hospitals in the remaining 10 districts. In the coming years, if medical colleges will be constructed in the remaining 10 districts in a phase wise manner, then Banka will also be included.
Cashless treatment of sitting and former members of the Legislature
The sitting and former MLAs, MLCs of the state will get the facility of cashless treatment. In response to the non-government resolution of Sanjay Saraogi, Minister-in-Charge Pramod Kumar said that under the present system, the facility of medical reimbursement to the members and former members of the Legislature is admissible in government, non-government, private hospitals. The matter related to providing cashless medical facility on the lines of CGHS for the members and former members of Bihar Legislature is under process before the State Government. However, in the meantime, Lalit Yadav and Sameer Mahaseth said that the common people should get the facility of cashless and not the members. After the minister’s reply, the member withdrew his resolution. The non-official resolution related to this subject was also brought earlier by Jitendra Kumar of JDU.
Provision of specialist doctor only
Responding to the non-official resolution of Satanand Sambuddha alias Lalan, Minister-in-Charge Pramod Kumar said that there is a provision of specialist doctor only in the medical care manual. It is not proposed to be a mere government doctor. The intention of the government behind this is that the members of the Legislature should get their treatment done only by specialist doctors so that they get better treatment.