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Govt plans to set up a medical college in each of 626 districts of India

August 3, 2012

The union government plans to provide financial help to state governments to start a medical college in each of 626 districts of India. The new scheme is expected to cost the government around Rs 20,000 crore in four years.

The new medical colleges will be linked with respective district level hospitals and will also be used to train accredited social health activists (ASHAs) and Anganwadi workers to improve the health parameters in the rural areas.

The government is expected to announce the new scheme at a meeting of the Planning Commission presided by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to finalise the 12th Five Year Plan in August.

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