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New Delhi, Jan 12 : In a bid to give impetus to health infrastructure and to promote traditional culture, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday virtually inaugurated 11 new medical colleges spread across several districts of Tamil Nadu and the new campus of Central Institute of Classical Tamil in Chennai.
Speaking on the occasion, in presence of TN Governor RN Ravi, Chief Minister MK Stalin and Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, the PM said, “In 2014 (when BJP rode to power at the Centre), there was only 387 medical colleges across the country. The number now has gone up to 596. There is an increase of 54 per cent in the last seven years.”
“In 2014, there were only seven AIIMS in the country. The number of AIIMS approved increased to 22,” said Modi , adding various reforms have been undertaken by the ruling dispensation to make medical education sector more transparent.
He further said the government brought many reforms in the health sector and added that through ‘Ayushman Bharat’ scheme the poor now have an access to top quality and affordable healthcare.
Covid-19 pandemic has reaffirmed the importance of the health sector and the future will belong to societies which invest in healthcare,” he said.
“In the coming years, I envision India as being the ‘go-to destination’ for quality and affordable care as it has everything needed to be a hub for medical tourism. I say this based on the skills of our doctors,” the PM said.
He also urged the medical fraternity to look at ‘telemedicine’ as well.
Talking about the new campus of Central Institute of Classical Tamil in Chennai, the PM said, “It will make Tamil language more popular.”
“We have given emphasis on promotion of Indian languages in New Education Policy (NEP) 2020. Tamil can now be studied as a classical language in school education. We are encouraging on education in mother tongue and local language,” he said.
The PM concluded his speech calling upon the countrymen to follow Covid protocols, specially masking, amid surge in Covid cases in the country.
He also urged all eligible to get vaccinated.