Centre committed to strengthen connectivity, bring development in north-east region: Harsh Vardhan

Centre committed to strengthen connectivity, bring development in north-east region: Harsh Vardhan

Kohima, Feb 27 (PTI) Union Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan
on Saturday said the Centre is committed to strengthen
connectivity in the northeastern states and will ensure that
the region has as much development as the rest of the country.

The Union health minister also said several
development projects have been executed in the region in the
last 5-7 years and more central initiatives will be taken up
in the coming days.

“…an emphasis has been given to ensure that the
north-east region has as much development as the rest of the
country,” Vardhan said while interacting with reporters during
his visit to an under-construction medical college at
Phriebagei in Nagaland”s Kohima district.

The foundation stone for the facility, which is
supposed to be the first medical college of Nagaland, was laid
in 2014 by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, but the completion of
the project was getting delayed due to various reasons, he
said, adding that the construction work is now gaining pace.

The project is expected to be completed by mid-2022.

Vardhan also said allocation for the health sector has
been increased in this year”s Union Budget and the Centre has
given impetus to allied infrastructure such as availability of
potable water and sanitation.

The budget outlay for health and wellbeing was
estimated at Rs 2,23,846 crore for the 2021-22 fiscal, up by
137 per cent from Rs 94,452 crore in the current financial
year.

“There is a huge focus from all the central
departments. It is not only about health and family welfare
but issues related to connectivity in the region are being
addressed,” he said.

Vardhan on Friday laid the foundation stone for
Nagaland”s second medical college, which will be set up in Mon
district with an estimated investment of Rs 325 crore.

Construction of the facility is likely to be completed
by 2023-24.

“The construction activities should be taken up at the
earliest so that there is no delay,” the minister said.

He recollected that the second medical college of the
state was approved in the current term of the Narendra Modi
government.

The Centre has given priority to develop health
facilities in areas where people did not have medical
establishments even after the 75 years of Independence, he
said.

Vardhan urged the Neiphiu Rio government in Nagaland
to take initiatives to complete the two health projects. PTI
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