Source: News Bharati English04 Jul 2016 15:01:08

New Delhi, July 4: For the establishment of first medical college at Naharlagun in the state of Arunachal Pradesh, the Central Government has assured the Arunachal Pradesh Govt for immediate sanctioning of funds for the same. The Centre also gave its nod for establishment of one more medical college at Tezu. The assurance came when Chief Minister Kalikho Pul called on Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare JP Nadda at his office in Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi to apprise him on the need to improve the ailing health scenario in the state.To help state government in its effort to improve the health care facilities, Health Minister Nadda agreed on one-time support for infrastructure, procurement of medicines, equipment etc. He agreed for a financial assistance of Rs. 83 crore to help the state in making all the health institutes to be made fully functional. Also the Union Minister agreed to revise the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) benefits if need be, a welfare scheme aimed at meeting extra costs of living due to health ailments or disability.

Seeking support for establishment for one more medical college to be established at Tezu, Pul said that it would give improved access to quality health care and medical education for eastern part of the state. Tezu being strategically located in the eastern zone, a medical college here would not only be used for civilian purposes but would also be useful for armed forces and paramilitary forces and can be of use during eventuality of armed conflict and wars, Pul observed.

Further, the Chief Minister Pul sought support for establishment of Nursing college at Itanagar. He also asked for establishment of two more Nursing schools at Bomdila and Tezu to which the Union Minister agreed to provide funding for Nursing schools and college, news agency The Arunachal Times reported.