Pithoragarh, November 6
The Uttarakhand government has started giving initiatives to set up three more medical colleges in the state by 2014. To get this goal, the state government is applying to the Centre to give more aid to the state in the sphere of medical education. Harak Singh Rawat, Medical Education Minister of the state, made this announcement at Haldwani today. Rawat was speaking in a programme organised at Sushila Tiwari Medical College.

“The Central government has sanctioned Rs 160 crore this year for medical education in the state. We need more than Rs 1,000 crore to establish three more medical colleges in the state. We will again appeal to the Centre to grant more funds towards this need of the state,” said the minister.
Later the minister told mediapersons that a separate directorate of medical education would be established in the state to improve the standard of medical education. “To pave the way for appointment of doctors in medical colleges, the notification process of the Haldwani medical college will be started soon,” he said.
Further the minister, who also holds the agriculture portfolio, said the government was planning to increase bio agriculture in the hill region of the state to demoralise migration from there and to increase income of the farmers involved in agriculture work in hill villages.
Rawat said this while speaking at a function organised by the Agronomy Department of Pantnagar University last evening.
JP Singh, Director, Research, said the minister promised that the government would open shops to sell bio products grown by the farmers. “The minister expressed his concern over the decreasing fertility of the land due to imbalanced uses of fertilisers and pesticides,” said the director.
“We want to open local shopping centres inside village clusters of hill areas on the lines of the markets opened in Andhra Pradesh to sell the products grown by these bio agricultural groups,” said the minister.

BD Kasniyal, Tribune News Service, Dehradun Edition

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