Cabinet approves setting up of medical college at Silvassa

The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved the setting up of a medical college at Silvassa in the Union Territory (UT) of Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
The college, with an yearly intake of 150 students, will be set up at a capital cost of Rs 189 crore to be incurred in two years, Rs 114 crore in 2018-19 and Rs 75 crore in the next, an official press release said.
The project will be completed by 2019-20 and the construction and capital expenditure will be incurred as per the norms of Medical Council of India (MCI) and extant guidelines of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.
The annual recurring expenditure for the Medical College will be managed within the budget provision for the UT.
The creation of 21 regular posts of 14 (JS) level and above (including teaching and non-teaching) out of 357 regular posts which were recommended by the Committee on Establishment Expenditure (CEE) was also approved.
The approval will increase the availability of doctors and address the issue of shortage of doctors. It will enhance medical education opportunities for students. It will also result in the optimal utilization of the existing infrastructure of district hospitals and improve tertiary care facilities for the people of the two UTs and adjoining areas, the release added.

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