KARNATAKA

Medical colleges to start work from next academic year

Staff Correspondent

HASSAN: Health and Family Welfare Minister N. Chaluvarayaswamy said here on Monday that all the six medical colleges to be set up by the State Government will start functioning from the next academic year.

Speaking to presspersons, he said that though there are a few problems in opening the colleges in Raichur and Bidar districts, the Government is making efforts to solve them. Fresh proposals have been sent to the Medical Council of India (MCI) to open the colleges in Raichur, Bidar, Hassan, Belgaum, Shimoga and Mandya districts. The Government has released Rs. 5 crores to create the necessary infrastructure in the first phase, he said and added that another Rs. 5 crores will be released soon.

To a query, he said the Government is prepared to meet all the conditions stipulated by the MCI, and there will be no problem in ensuring that the colleges start work from the next academic year.

Applications have been invited to recruit assistant professors and professors to all the six colleges. On getting the permission of the MCI, appointment letters will be sent to them, he added.

As the Government has earmarked funds for the construction of buildings, civil works will be

completed by next February, he added.

Non-cooperation

When his reaction was sought to the delay in implementing the Yeshaswini scheme, he said the Chief Minister and the Minister for Cooperation are not showing interest in this regard. "Since Mr..

Dharam Singh has not taken a final decision in this regard, I am helpless. I have written to Mr. Singh in this regard and awaiting a response from him. The attitude of the Cooperation Minister R.V. Deshpande is also not encouraging," he added.

Reacting to the recent raid by the Lokayukta on the government hospital in Puttur in which he unearthed a drugs racket, he said he has ordered a probe in this regard and appointed a Vigilance Officer to monitor the functioning of hospitals and primary health centres in the State.

He said his department has selected four KAS officials to monitor the functioning of hospitals in the four divisions of the State, and the Health Secretary has been directed to convene a meeting of officials.

Though the department has completed the formalities to appoint 1,300 staff nurses, it is being delayed as the model code of conduct is in place.

With regard to the alleged harassment of patients in government hospitals, Mr. Chaluvarayaswamy said he has taken steps to streamline the administration in the government hospitals.

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