Pardeep Singh Bali
In yet another act of betrayal, the ‘beloved’ political party of Jammu vis Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) has again preferred development of Kashmir instead of Jammu by setting up two medical colleges, on priority, in the valley, while as Jammu will have just one.
According to official spokesperson, out of three medical colleges sanctioned on priority under phase one, the government is mulling to set up two in Kashmir, while Jammu has to contain with one that too in the mountainous belt.
“Union minister J P Nadda will lay foundation stones of three medical colleges, to be set up at a cost of around Rs 189 crore each, in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday,” official spokesperson said and added that these colleges will be set up at Rajouri in Jammu division, Anantnag in south Kashmir and Baramulla in the north Kashmir.
Talking to Newspoint, a senior BJP leader wishing anonymity said that the party is retracting from its made promises, which is not good for the party image.
“The party which gained maximum support from Jammu had this moral responsibility to prefer the region in case of any development. Jammu supported the party with whole heart not only in Lok Sabha elections, but also in assembly elections, making it to reach the power galleries,” he said and added this attitude of the BJP government in center as well as in state may turn adverse to the party in future.
He, however, expressed anguish over succumbing of party leadership in front of Kashmir centric party and said both the regions should share equal growth. “It is seen that BJP is succumbed to PDP politics and is in the process to appease Kashmiris, which is not good for the party, as it is loosing voters in Jammu,” BJP leader said and added that in case of less funds, the government should have set up one medical college each in Kashmir and Jammu.
Earlier, the official spokesperson had said that the state government vigorously pursued for expediting the process with the Centre and the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for three colleges in the first instance.
Meanwhile, Minister for Health and Medical Education Bali Bhagat conveyed his gratitude to the Centre for paying special attention to up-gradation of health facilities in the state and sanctioning five medical colleges.
He said that three colleges have been approved, while as two more are in the process of the approval, which will be set up in Kathua and Doda, once formalities are finalized.
“With setting up of five medical colleges, there would not only be a notable improvement in the overall health services, the state would also become self-sufficient in creating the required manpower for manning the health institutions,” the minister said.