New Delhi: Health Minister J P Nadda today informed the Lok Sabha that the number of available Post-graduate medical seats will be increased by 5,000. He also said that the government had increased the budget allocation for the health sector in the coming fiscal year by 28 percent. He said that the decision to increase the number of seats was one of the measures taken to improve the health sector in the country. The government has also planned to allocate 2.5 percent of the GDP to the health sector.
According to Press Trust of India, J P Nadda during question Hour in Lok Sabha said, "There has been 27.7 per cent more allocation to the health sector in the 2017-18 budget. We are also planning to allocate 2.5 per cent of the GDP to the health sector in phase-wise." However, he noted, that many state governments had returned the funds meant for health sector as they were not able to spend it.
Nadda said that the central government has been allocating funds and aids to states to help them improve infrastructure in the health sector but the state governments need to spend these funds properly and submit utilization certificates. He said that state governments need to take initiatives for appointment of enough doctors in rural areas and that the central government will provide financial support.
Earlier, the Minister of State for Health, Faggan Singh Kulaste, on March 17, had informed Lok Sabha that the government planned on reserving 50% seats in PG Medical courses for medical officers who served in rural areas.
(With Inputs from Press Trust of India)
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