Wednesday, 22 March 2023 | PNS | DEHRADUN
The Uttarakhand government has sought a sum of Rs 500 crore from the Union government for strengthening the health services on the Char Dham Yatra route. The State Health department has prepared a Detailed Project Report (DPR) for proposals which include the upgradation of five medical centres falling on the Char Dham Yatra route and setting up a cardiac unit, trauma centre and modular operation theatre (OT) in the government medical college at Srinagar.
The Health minister Dhan Singh Rawat attended a meeting of the senior officers of the department at his residence on Tuesday. In the meeting the officers gave a presentation on strengthening health services on the Char Dham Yatra route. The minister said that lakhs of pilgrims visit the Char Dham every year but in view of limited health facilities it is not possible to provide adequate facilities to the pilgrims. He said that the State government had demanded a separate package for improving facilities on the Char Dham circuit in the meeting chaired by Union Health minister Mansukh Mandaviya in New Delhi last month.
The minister said that the State government has prepared the project and has demanded a sum of Rs 500 crore from the Union government. He said that a sum of Rs 150 crore has been demanded for upgrading existing health centres in Joshimath, Guptkashi, Bhatwadi, Purola and Badkot. Similarly a sum of Rs 27 crore has been demanded for setting up of modular OT, cardiac unit and trauma centre in medical college Srinagar. The department has sought Rs 270 crore for human resource, salaries and incentives along with Rs 37 crore for constructing transit hostels. The meeting was attended by additional secretary health Amandeep Kaur, director general of health services Dr Vinita Shah and others.