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Akhilesh pats own back, but accepts he failed to provide doctors in rural areas

The CM was speaking after laying foundation stone and inaugurating works worth about Rs 300 crore at King George Medical University (KGMU) in Lucknow.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow |
April 12, 2016 3:17:10 am
2017 polls, up olls, up 2017 polls, assembly polls, samajwadi party, lucknow news He said his government is getting medical colleges constructed in 11 districts but added that it does not solve the problem.

While patting his own back over “a slew of development works” carried out in last four years, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Monday accepted that his government has failed to ensure availability of doctors in rural areas.

“Many historical decisions have been taken in past four years, which are being implemented on ground. While government is working to expand medical institutions, one concern remains —- how to ensure availability of doctors in rural areas. When we were in opposition, we used to question the ruling party on this issue. Now we are in the government and people ask us this question. The problem has remained the same,” Akhilesh said.

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He said his government is getting medical colleges constructed in 11 districts but added that it does not solve the problem. “Clearances are required, adequate faculty members are required, A go ahead from MCI is required. These take time,” he said, adding that his father and SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, had launched project during his tenure as CM. “The project could not be completed by the then SP government and the BSP government that followed it. Ultimately, I inaugurated it”.

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While urging the doctors to improve their behaviour towards patients, he warned that if some other party came to power after elections next year, then they (doctors) might not be able to save even the name of their medical college. He was apparently targetting BSP chief Mayawati who during her previous regime as CM had changed the name of KGMU to Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj University.

Promising to look into the demands of increase in salary of staff at the KGMU, Akhilesh asked the institute to undertake the key projects, whose foundation stone was laid today on “turn-key” basis for fast execution.

Among other achievements of his government, the CM listed Lucknow Metro project, Lucknow-Agra Expressway and the upcoming 190-km cycle highway from Agra to the Lion Safari in Etawah. He said the proposed cycle highway will cover rural areas, whereas the already constructed cycle track in Lucknow has also provided a safe and environment-friendly pathway for morning walkers.

KGMU’s vice-chancellor, Dr Ravi Kant, informed that the university is preparing to soon start paid evening clinics to promote medical tourism.

For Kannauj, projects worth Rs 1,164 cr

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Lucknow: Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav will on Tuesday inaugurate or dedicate 256 projects, worth Rs 1,164 crore, in Kannauj, the Lok Sabha constituency of his wife Dimple Yadav.  The projects include laying the foundation stones of international perfume museum and park, and 1-lakh litre capacity cow milk plant. The plant will come up at a cost of Rs 140 crore. He will also distribute 568 laptops to students, 71 e-rickshaws, 300 Lohia Awas, Samajwadi Pension cheques to 500 beneficiaries, bicycles to 500 labourers engaged in construction work and solar power packs to 460 beneficiaries. Dimple will be present during the function. ENS

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First published on: 12-04-2016 at 03:17:10 am
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