New Delhi: The paucity of seats in government medical colleges and the difference in cost in the medical degrees in the private medical colleges in India have driven the MBBS aspirants to go abroad. This has come to the forefront amid the ongoing war between Ukraine and Russia with a majority of the Indian students stranded in the war-torn country. Most of these students have gone to Ukraine to study medicine. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has informed that the government has taken a big decision, which will benefit the poor and middle-class children. He has announced that half the seats in private medical colleges will be charged at par with government medical colleges. The announcement was made on the occasion of ‘Jan Aushadhi Diwas’.
“We have decided that half the seats in private medical colleges will be charged at par with government medical colleges”, he said.
On Monday, he took to Twitter to share the decision.
Meanwhile, Jan Aushadhi week is being celebrated across the country from March 1 to generate awareness about the usage of generic medicines and the benefits of Jan Aushadhi Pariyojana. Union Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya was among those present on the occasion.
The Prime Minister said Jan Aushadhi Kendras are centres for medicine for the body, they also reduce the anxiety of the mind and they are also centres of relief to the people by saving their money. The Prime Minister expressed satisfaction that such benefits are accruing to all segments of people and in all parts of the country. He also noted the success of the 1 rupee sanitary napkin. The sale of 21 crore sanitary napkins shows that Jan Aushadhi Kendras have made the lives of women easy all over the country.
The Prime Minister said as of now more than 8,500 Jan Aushadhi Kendras have been opened in the country. These centres are now becoming solution centres for the common man and not just another government store. He said that the government has also controlled the price of more than 800 medicines required for the treatment of diseases like cancer, tuberculosis, diabetes, heart disease. The government has also ensured that the cost of stunting and knee implants is also kept under control. He gave statistics regarding making medical care affordable for the citizens. He informed that more than 50 crore people are in the ambit of Ayushman Bharat Yojana. More than 3 crore people have taken benefit of the scheme, saving 70 thousand crore rupees of the poor and middle-class people. PM National Dialysis programme has saved Rs 550 crore. Knee implant and medicine price control saved Rs 13,000 crore.
India Blooms News Service