Only 920 MBBS seats are added in Govt. Medical Colleges in last 5 years
Out of approved 10000 MBBS seats, only 920 seats are filled in Govt. Medical colleges in 5 years – According to the RTI filed by Chandra Shekhar Gaur, a resident of Madhya Pradesh, out of 10,000 MBBS seats approved for Government Medical colleges, only 920 seats had been added in last 5 years.
In March 2018 Chandra Shekhar Gaur has filed the RTI to know the status of the Medical seats in India.
According to him, he wanted to expose that the government keeps on coming up with new schemes, but how many are implemented? He also feels that the India not only have a shortage of doctors as per the guideline of WHO but also short of highly qualified doctors.
As per Chandra Shekhar Gaur, RTI has revealed that in last five years only 920 MBBS seats has been added to Government Medical College whereas approved seats is 10, 000. The RTI also revealed in states like Jharkhand, MP, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, and Manipur, not a single MBBS seat has been added in the last five years.
RTI also revealed the following information:
- The RTI revealed that the government has given the approval to 36 medical colleges for adding 2,615 MBBS seats in Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, MP, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Manipur and Karnataka.
- The government also released Rs 685 crore in 2015-18 for 12 states for increasing the number of MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) seats.
- But the RTI showed that Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan got only 50 new MBBS seats instead of the approved 150 and 350 seats respectively.
- In Karnataka, 550 MBBS seats were approved but only 350 have been created.
- In states like Jharkhand, MP, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, and Manipur, not a single seat has been added.
- Madhya Pradesh was supposed to get 450 seats in its four government medical colleges, but even after a sanction of Rs 108 crores in three years, not a single seat has been added, revealed the RTI.
- The Centre released over Rs 82 crore for Tamil Nadu to add 345 seats, but none have been added.
- Punjab (100 seats), Odisha (200 seats), and Gujarat (170 seats) have upgraded their medical colleges and increased the number of MBBS seats.
- In 2014, Cabinet committee of UPA Government has given the approval to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare proposal for Centre-sponsored scheme to upgrade government medical colleges and increase the number of MBBS seats.
- The government also announced that Rs 10,000 crore would be invested for increasing the MBBS seats — the Centre would contribute Rs 7,500 crore while the states/UTs would contribute Rs 2,500 crore.
- For North-East states and special category states, the funding pattern was to be 90:10 between the central and the state governments. For other states, it was decided to be 70:30.
- According to the cabinet committee in 2014, the creation of one MBBS seat costs around Rs 1.20 crore.
- Again in 2018, the cabinet approved the proposal for adding 10,000 undergraduate seats by 2020-21 and 8,058 post-graduate seats – 4,058 in the first phase by 2018-19 and 4,000 in the second phase by 2020-21.