The ministry of health and family welfare administers a centrally sponsored scheme, namely, 'Establishment of new medical colleges attached with existing district/referral hospitals' with fund sharing between the central government and states in the ratio of 90:10 for NE/special category states and 60:40 for other states. The total cost of establishment of one medical college under the scheme is 189 crore. 58 districts in 20 states/UTs have been identified under this scheme.

The objective is to establish 58 medical colleges with intake capacity of 100 each to increase 5800 seats at the undergraduate level in the government sector. The concerned state governments have been requested to submit detailed project reports (DPRs) in this regard. 51 districts have been approved till date. So far, funds to the tune of 1504.73 crore have been released to the state governments for the approved districts under the scheme. As per the MoU signed with the states under the scheme, it is for the state governments to provide land for the project and ensure timely completion of works. The ministry has requested the Himachal Pradesh government for early finalization of forest clearance for a new medical college at Hamirpur.

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