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India takes over UNSC presidency; to work for humanity,focus on terror


Tirumurti said that India will be organising three high-level signature meetings focusing on its priority areas — maritime security, peacekeeping and counter-terrorism. PM Modi is expected to preside virtually over one of the high-level meetings on August 9.

India took over the presidency of the Security Council on Sunday with a pledge to work for the entire humanity while bringing a focus to the challenges of terrorism.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a video message on India’s presidency, said: “We must think of the entire humanity and not only of those who are on our side of the border. Humanity, as a whole, must be at the centre of our thinking and action.”

External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar said that, at the Council, India will keep the international spotlight firmly focused on the task of combatting terrorism, the pandemic and climate change, which are global challenges that transcend national boundaries.”

India’s Permanent Representative T.S. Tirumurti will preside over the Council this month in a chamber where the iconic painting of a rising Phoenix, symbolising the UN’s endeavour to bring the world out of the chaos of war, looms over the horseshoe table for the 15 national representatives.

India took over the presidency of the Council, which rotates alphabetically every month, from France and will hand off to Ireland next month.

Tirumurti said that India will be organising three high-level signature meetings focusing on its priority areas — maritime security, peacekeeping and counter-terrorism.

Modi is expected to preside virtually over one of the high-level meetings on August 9 — the first Indian Prime Minister to take the chair — according to Syed Akbaruddin, a former Permanent Representative of India.

The high-level meetings are organised by the country presiding over the Council each month to highlight the issues most important to it.

“India will also be organising a solemn event in the memory of peacekeepers,” Tirumurti said.

The UN peacekeeping operations, for which India has been historically the biggest contributor, have claimed the lives of 174 Indian peacekeepers.

In addition, Tirumurti said the Council’s agenda will include current global hotspots Syria, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, and the Middle East and it is expected to adopt resolutions on Somalia, Mali, and the UN interim force in Lebanon.

“I’m confident that India’s presidency will contribute to strengthen international peace and security further,” he said.

The first meeting of the Council with India wielding the gavel will take place on Monday with a closed session at 11.30 a.m. New York time (9 p.m. IST) to hash out the month’s agenda. It will be followed by the presentation of Secretary General Antonio Guterres’s report on Sudan and South Sudan in a open meeting.

Tirumurti is scheduled to hold a news conference at 12.30 p.m. local time (10 p.m. in India) on the Council’s programme for the month. The news conference, like all the open meetings of the Council, will be videocast on the internet by the UN (at media.un.org/en/webtv/).

As president, India will have the tough task of dealing with the acrimonious divide between veto-wielding Russia and China on one side, and the US, along with its allies, on the other.

Their intransigent postures have led to an impasse on important issues like Syria, which is coming up again this month.

Shashi Tharoor, a Congress Party MP and a former UN Under-Secretary-General retweeted comments he had made earlier to a media outlet: “India may have certain intentions, but who knows what will happen in the world between now and at the end of the Indian presidency in August end.”

Other hotspots may yet emerge during India’s presidency – for example, if the situations in countries like Cuba, Myanmar and Haiti turn more volatile or crises arise elsewhere.

Tharoor added: “Whatever happens, we have to have diplomats who are capable, alert, and nimble enough to cope with it, to respond to it, and to give the world a certain leadership in the matter.”

India last presided over the Council in November 2012 when Hardeep Singh Puri, now the Minister for Petroleum, Housing and Urban Development, was India’s Permanent Representative.

Recalling in a tweet his tenure as president, Puri pointed to the difficulty of leading a permanent member-dominated Council: “Ten years ago this day, India had last assumed the presidency of the UNSC. I was privileged to preside over the horseshoe. We specifically cautioned against ‘use of force’ in Libya & failure to act in Syria.”

On the challenges of leading a fractured Council where the five permanent members wield supreme power through their vetoes, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said: “We’ve always endeavoured to be a voice of reason and understanding, a voice of the underrepresented developing world, a bridge-builder for narrowing the divides and for fostering consensus.”

The External Affairs Ministry said in a tweet that India will be guided on the Council by “5S” principles — ‘samman (respect), samvaad (dialogue), sahyog (cooperation), shanti (peace) and samriddhi (prosperity)”.

Introducing a note of realism in the midst of celebratory statements and social media posts, Tharoor said in one of his retweets, “Assumption of the UNSC Presidency is a routine thing; it goes in alphabetical order and this month, it’s India’s turn.”




Border clash: Mizoram to ‘relook’ FIR against Assam CM


Besides Sarma, who is accused of “attempt to murder and criminal conspiracy”, six other officials, including an Assm IGP, DIG and the Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police of Cachar district, were named in the FIR lodged at the Vairengte police station in Kolasib district on July 26.

The Mizoram government on Sunday said that it is considering withdrawing the FIR lodged against Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in connection with the July 26 border clash that left six Assam Police personnel dead and scores of others injured.

Mizoram Chief Secretary Lalnunmawia Chuaungo said in Aizawl that following the advice of Chief Minister Zoramthanga, the administration would “relook” the FIR registered against the Assam Chief Minister.

He said that Zoramthanga did not approve of the inclusion of Sarma’s name in the FIR, adding that he too was not properly aware of Sarma’s name being included in the FIR before it was lodged.

Chuaungo also said that the state government had taken up the issue of “economic blockade in Assam”, which stopped supplies, including transport fuels, with the Union Home Ministry.

“We have understood that the MHA would be able to convince the Assam government to lift the blockade in southern Assam.

“Mizoram’s 95 per cent supplies come through the National Highway-306, which is the lifeline for our state,” he told the media.

Besides Sarma, who is accused of “attempt to murder and criminal conspiracy”, six other officials, including an Assm IGP, DIG and the Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police of Cachar district, were named in the FIR lodged at the Vairengte police station in Kolasib district on July 26.

In Guwahati, in response to the Mizoram Police’s FIR against him in connection with the inter-state border skirmish, Sarma on Sunday said that he is ready to join any probe on the issue.

In response to the FIR, which also included 200 unidentified Assam Police personnel, he said: “Will be very happy to join in any investigation. But why the case is not being handed over to a neutral agency, especially when the place of occurrence is well within the constitutional territory of Assam? I have already conveyed this to CM Zoramthanga.

“If necessary, I would go on foot to Vairengte police station. If my arrest solves the problem, I am ready to be arrested. I am not going to seek interim bail from the Gauhati High Court. But I would never allow anyone to encroach an inch of Assam land by anyone.”

“I have to protect my officers. I would not allow my officers to be arrested or taken away. We would not accept the summons to six Assam officers by Mizoram Police.”

The Assam Police has also issued summons to Mizoram’s Rajya Sabha member K. Vanlalvena and six state officials for their alleged role in the July 26 violence.




Supplementary Budget worth Rs 2485.59 crore passed in Vidhan Sabha


Chief Minister announces implementation of ‘Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Bhumiheen Krishi Mazdoor Nyay Yojana’ in the state

Aid of Rs 6000 to be provided every year to the landless and eligible families

Additional Provision of Rs 957 crore for expansion of health facilities and prevention of the third wave of COVID-19

Provision of Rs 520.80 crore for forest dwellers and Rs 695 crore for labourers included

During the discussion on supplementary budget in Vidhan Sabha today, Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel announced financial aid of Rs 6000 per year for landless agriculture labourer families of rural areas in Chhattisgarh, under Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Bhumiheen Krishi Mazdoor Nyay Yojana. This scheme will be implemented from financial year 2021-22 and provision of Rs 200 crore has been included in the supplementary budget for the same. First supplementary budget of Rs 2485.59 crore was passed in Vidhan Sabha today with voice vote. 

Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said during the supplementary budget discussion that Chhattisgarh is the state of farmers and farmers are our food providers. This supplementary budget reemphasizes the State Government’s resolve to bring justice ‘Nyay’. Chief Minister said that Central Government had given consent to take 60 lakh metric tonnes of rice, but only 24 lakh metric tons of rice has been taken from Chhattisgarh. And as a result, we have to auction the remaining stock of paddy at a loss. But we are not letting this challenge get in the way of supporting farmers in the state in every situation, even if we have to take loans for this. 

Chief Minister said that not much time has passed from the launch of Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana to the launch of Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Bhumiheen Krishi Mazdoor Nyay Yojana, but scope of these schemes has reached lakhs of people. Farmers' loan waiver, irrigation tax waiver, maximum benefit provided to the farmers selling food grains at support price, tribal and forest dependent families have been provided maximum benefit from the procurement of forest produce, with innovations like Godhan Nyay Yojana rural economy is being transformed. From Bastar to Sarguja, lives of people in small villages, towns, streets, mohallas have visibly transformed.

Chief Minister said that we take pride in our Chhattisgarhi model of development. He said that our Chhattisgarhi model has brought a new ray of hope not only for the residents of Chhattisgarh, but also for the people in other parts of the country living in conditions similar to ours. Every initiative of ours such as malaria-free Bastar, MNREGA, procurement of forest produce, procurement of agricultural produce, village and forest oriented innovations such as Narva, Garua, Ghurva, Bari or Godhan Nyay Yojana, campaign for malnutrition eradication, has brought hope to those people in the country who needed such a positive change since long.

Chief Minister said that whether it is for the food provider labourers or for the destitute labourers, our government has continued to keep all its promises. In the series of Nyay Schemes implemented for farmers and cow-keepers, we are about to implement Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Bhoomiheen Krishi Mazdoor Nyay Yojana for landless agricultural laborers. We have made a provision of Rs 200 crore for this scheme in this supplementary budget. According to State Government’s decision, Rs 21 crore has been provisioned for Chhattisgarh Disabled Finance and Development Corporation to repay the one-time loan amount to the National Disabled Finance and Development Corporation. A provision of Rs 7.62 crore has been made for the supply of uniforms to Anganbadi workers and helpers.

Chief Minister said that lack of certain facilities posed tough challenges before us during the first and the second wave of COVID-19, hence our government aims to ensure availability of better health facilities in the entire state. This is the reason why our government has made a provision of Rs 957 crore in this supplementary budget for the Department of Health and Medical Education. Chief Minister said that under Ayushman Bharat Yojana and Dr. Khubchand Baghel Health Assistance Scheme, 6 lakh 20 thousand 432 people of the state have been provided medical facilities worth Rs 852 crore. He said that during the second wave, we have not only ensured better management in Chhattisgarh but have also supplied oxygen to other states. Now we are making proper arrangements to prepare for the third wave predicted. For prevention of COVID-19 infection, a provision of Rs 304 crore has been made for medicines and other expenditure, Rs 215 crore has been provisioned for procurement of medical equipment. A provision of Rs.39 crore has also been made for the acquisition of Chandulal Chandrakar Medical College. Keeping in mind the pandemic situation, a provision of Rs 376 crore has been made for the Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Package. Provisions have been made for 30-bed hospital in Naimer area of Bijapur district, primary health center in Belpat district-Gaurela-Pendra-Marwahi, blood bank in district hospital Gaurela-Pendra-Marwahi and for establishment of new sub-health center in Alda development block Tilda. For the establishment of new medical colleges in Mahasamund, Korba and Kanker, 348 posts have been setup at the rate of 116 posts per college and a provision of Rs.12 crore has been made. In view of the popularity and utility of Chhattisgarh Haat Bazar Clinic scheme in rural areas, a provision of Rs.7 crore has been made for the scheme.

Chief Minister said that even in the supplementary budget, we are focusing on justice schemes and health facilities. Under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, the state government provides 50 days of employment to rural laborers from the state budget in addition to the 100 days fixed by the Government of India. An additional provision of Rs 50 crore has been made for this purpose. National Rural Livelihood Mission is being run to provide livelihood by connecting rural women with employment oriented activities. A provision of Rs 122 crore has been made to keep the implementation of this scheme going.

Chief Minister said that 46 roads would be constructed in 15 districts at the cost of Rs.942 crore, which would cover about 556 kms. The roads would be constructed through Chhattisgarh Road Construction and Infrastructure Development Corporation. Similarly, State Government has been decided to build 23 roads in 14 districts at the cost of Rs 3 thousand 886 crore through Chhattisgarh State Road Development Sector Project. These construction works will make transport convenient for the common people of the of the state, besides connecting the roads of remote areas with the main roads of the state. A provision of Rs.101.22 lakh has been made for Lakshman Jhula electrification work in Rajim, Gariaband district. A provision of Rs 11.92 crore has been made for seven different development works in Shivrinarayan under Janjgir Champa district. Canal construction on right side of Mand Diversion scheme in Sitapur of Sarguja district and Dudhwa RBC under district Kanker. Provision has been made for the survey work for the extension of the canal up to Charama and for the construction of stop dam on Kukur river in Garhbegal under Narayanpur district. 

Chief Minister said that the CCTNS (Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and System) project aims to establish a comprehensive and integrated system for enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness at police station-level. For implementation of this scheme, a provision of Rs 4 crore has been made for taking the services of system integrator. The main objective of the Anti Human Trafficking Unit is to curb bonded labour, prostitution and child labour. A provision of 3 crore 60 lakh has been made under this scheme. A provision of Rs 7 crore 10 lakh has been made for the payment of special ex-gratia grant to the families of soldiers martyred in Naxalite violence. Provision has been made for 13 new posts to set up DNA laboratory under the State Forensic Science Laboratory. Provision has been made for the construction of a special prison with a capacity of 1500 prisoners at a cost of Rs 126 crore in village Nagoi, district Bilaspur.

Chief Minister said that in view of the immense potential of greens, vegetables, fruits and flowers and medicinal and aromatic crops in the state, and with the objective of providing employment opportunities to the trained youth in the state from the academic session 2020-21, Provision has been made for the establishment of a new Horticulture College in the premises of Mahatma Gandhi University of Horticulture and Forestry Village, Sankra, Block-Patan district, Durg. Provision has been made for the establishment of a forestry college in the Mahatma Gandhi University of Horticulture and Forestry campus, Sankra.

Chief Minister further said that Chhattisgarh Mahtari Dular Yojna is being implemented in the entire state of Chhattisgarh from the academic session 2021-22 to provide free school education to the destitute and orphaned children of those who died due to COVID-19. For the children who have lost both the parents to corona, government will bear the entire cost of their education, and would also provide scholarship. Scholarship of Rs 500 per month will be provided to the students of class 1 to 8 and Rs 1000 per month to the students of class 9 to 12. Training and coaching facilities will be made available to the talented students for admission in vocational courses. Rs 4 crore has been provisioned for this purpose. For the purpose of promoting education in remote and inaccessible forests of Chhattisgarh, a total of 68 posts have been created at the rate of 34 posts per college for the establishment of new colleges in village-Avapalli, development block Usur, district-Bijapur and Vishrampuri district-Kondagaon. In order to provide quality higher education, posts are to be created for five government model degree colleges Raipur, Durg, Rajnandgaon, Kanker and Jagdalpur under National Higher Education Campaign. Provision has been made for this in the supplementary budget. 

Chief Minister said that provision has been made for the establishment of Swami Atmanand English Medium School in Kutru, District Bijapur. Rs 11 crore has been provisioned for SC Postmatric Scholarship and Rs. 4 crore 80 lakh has been provisioned for tribal postmatric scholarship in the supplementary budget. Provision has also been made for construction of building for Tribal Boys Hostel Godalwahi, development block Chhuria. A total provision of 16.43 crore has been made for development of Ram Vanagaman Tourism Circuit. A provision of Rs 1 crore 30 lakh has been made for the establishment of Swami Vivekananda Memorial Institute in Raipur. Similarly, a provision of Rs 4.65 crore has been made for the construction of Shaheed Veernarayan Singh Memorial and Museum. 




ED arrests Raj Singh Gehlot, owner of Ambience Mall in bank fraud case


The Punjab and Haryana High Court had directed the CBI to probe the case for the alleged illegal construction of a commercial building on approximately 18.98 acres of land in Gurugram by blatantly flouting the building by-laws and statutory provisions in collusion with others.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday said that it has arrested Raj Singh Gehlot, owner of Ambience Mall in a bank fraud case.

An ED official told IANS that Gehlot has been arrested from Haryana’s Gurugram and will be produced before a court in Delhi later in the day.

According to ED officials the bank loan fraud case is worth Rs 200 crore.

Gehlot is also being probed by the CBI.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court had directed the CBI to probe the case for the alleged illegal construction of a commercial building on approximately 18.98 acres of land in Gurugram by blatantly flouting the building by-laws and statutory provisions in collusion with others.

It was alleged that the land where the Ambience Mall was built was meant for a housing project.

The CBI has registered a case against a private person, Gehlot, Ambience Ltd and Ambience Developers and Infrastructure Pvt Ltd and unknown officials of HUDA, Town and Country Planning Department and unknown private persons on the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

The ED and CBI had carried out searches at several locations of Gehlot last year.




Transgender booked in UP for kidnapping girl he married


The Gorakhpur police caught the transgender identified as Pooja a.k.a. Ankit and took him to Gorakhpur, for further investigation.

A case of kidnapping has been lodged against a transgender in Uttar Pradesh who married a girl from Gorakhpur.

The case has been lodged by the girl’s father.

The Gorakhpur police caught the transgender identified as Pooja a.k.a. Ankit and took him to Gorakhpur, for further investigation.

The transgender’s ‘wife’ was also taken by the police.

The transgender and the girl however stated before police that they are adults, and have married as per their wishes and want to live together.

The transgender said that he was undergoing preliminary treatment prior to a sex reassignment surgery in Delhi.

Investigating Officer Deen Bandhu said that Bhagelu Prasad has filed a case against the transgender and accused him of luring his daughter.

“During investigations, it came to light that Bhagelu Prasad and the family of Balbir Singh Yadav, who is the father of the transgender, were good friends and visited each other often,” he said.

The transgender’s mother Rajeshwari told reporters that child and the Gorakhpur girl are adults and have married as per their wishes.

The marriage was solemnised on July 20.

She said that the process of sex change of her transgender child is going on under the supervision of expert doctors in Delhi.

The police said that the matter is still under investigation.




Unesco adds 5 more sites to World Heritage List


The additions made on Wednesday were decided the extended 44th session of the World Heritage Committee held online and chaired from Fuzhou, China, which is examining nominations from both 2020 and 2021, according to a Unesco statement.

The World Heritage Committee has added four cultural sites, located in Russia, Italy, Slovenia and the UK and one natural site in Africa to the Unesco’s World Heritage List.

The additions made on Wednesday were decided the extended 44th session of the World Heritage Committee held online and chaired from Fuzhou, China, which is examining nominations from both 2020 and 2021, according to a Unesco statement.

In Russia, “Petroglyphs of Lake Onega and the White Sea”, containing 4,500 petroglyphs carved in the rocks during the Neolithic period dated 6,000 to 7,000 years ago, is one of the largest such sites in Europe with petroglyphs that document Neolithic culture in Fennoscandia.

The serial property encompasses 33 sites in two component parts 300 km apart: 22 petroglyph sites at Lake Onega in the district of Pudozhsky featuring a total of over 1,200 figures and 3,411 figures in 11 sites by the White Sea in the district of Belomorsky.

“They show significant artistic qualities and testify to the creativity of the Stone Age,” said the committee.

In Italy, the “Porticoes of Bologna” comprises 12 component parts consisting of ensembles of porticoes and their surrounding areas built from the 12th century to the present.

“Together, the selected porticoes reflect different typologies, urban and social functions and chronological phases. Defined as private property for public use, the porticoes have become an expression and element of Bologna’s urban identity,” said the committee.

The urban design work of Joze Plecnik carried in Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia, between World War I and World War II were inscribed on the list as it consists of a series of public spaces and public institutions that were sensitively integrated into the pre-existing urban, natural and cultural context and contributed to the city’s new identity.

The committee noted that “it is an exceptional case of creating public spaces, buildings and green areas according to the vision of a single architect within a limited time, the limited space of an existing city, and with relatively limited resources”.

The Slate Landscape of Northwest Wales in the UK became a World Heritage site as it “offers an important and remarkable example of interchange of materials, technology and human values”.

The territory, extending from mountain-top to sea-coast, presented opportunities and constraints that were used and challenged by the large-scale industrial processes undertaken by landowners and capital investors, which reshaped the agricultural landscape into an industrial centre for slate production during the Industrial Revolution (1780-1914).

The new natural site is Ivindo National Park situated on the equator in northern Gabon. The largely pristine site encompasses an area of almost 300,000 hectares crossed by a network of picturesque blackwater rivers.

It features rapids and waterfalls bordered by intact rainforest, which make for a landscape of great aesthetic value. The site’s aquatic habitats harbour endemic freshwater fish species, 13 of which are threatened, and at least seven species of Podostemaceae riverweeds, with probable micro-endemic aquatic flora at each waterfall.

The committee also approved an extension to the existing transnational World Heritage site of “Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe”.

The property now comprises 94 component parts across 18 countries and “represents an outstanding example of relatively undisturbed, complex temperate forests and exhibit a wide spectrum of comprehensive ecological patterns and processes of pure and mixed stands of European beech across a variety of environmental conditions”.




Chandrayaan-3 likely to be launched during third quarter of 2022


The realization of Chandrayaan-3 involves various processes including finalization of configuration, subsystems realization, integration, spacecraft level detailed testing and a number of special tests to evaluate the system performance on earth.

Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh said that Chandrayaan-3 is likely to be launched during the third quarter of 2022 assuming normal workflow henceforth.

In a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, he said, the realization of Chandrayaan-3 is in progress.

The realization of Chandrayaan-3 involves various processes including finalization of configuration, subsystems realization, integration, spacecraft level detailed testing and a number of special tests to evaluate the system performance on earth.

The realization progress was hampered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, all works that were possible in work from home mode were taken up even during lockdown periods. Chandrayaan-3 realization resumed after commencement of unlock period and is in matured stage of realization.




DRDO develops Anti-Drone System to neutralize enemy drone attack


The System is already demonstrated to Armed Services and other internal security agencies.

DRDO has developed an anti-drone system to neutralize enemy drone attacks. The Indigenous Drone Technology is capable of counter attacks including detection, Soft Kill (for jamming the communication links of Drone) and Hard Kill (Laser based hard kill to destroy the Drone) of enemy Drones.

The System is already demonstrated to Armed Services and other internal security agencies.

The indigenous DRDO Counter-Drone Technology is transferred to M/s BEL. Simultaneously, Transfer of Technology (ToT) of the Counter-Drone System is offered to other companies.

This information was given by Raksha Rajya Mantri Ajay Bhatt in a written reply to Shrimati Keshari Devi Patel and Kanakmal Katarain in Lok Sabha on Wednesday.




Rakesh Asthana appointed Delhi Police Commissioner


Known for his professional competence and integrity, Asthana was appointed to the post of Director General Bureau of Civil Aviation Security and Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB).

Rakesh Asthana, a senior IPS officer of Gujarat cadre, was appointed as the Commissioner of Delhi Police on Tuesday.
According to a Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) order, Asthana, currently serving as Director General of the Border Security Force (BSF), will join as the Delhi Police Commissioner with immediate effect.
The appointment of Asthana to the post came just days before his superannuation on July 31.
He will have a tenure of one year.
This is one of the very few instances when an IPS officer outside of the AGMUT cadre has been appointed as the Delhi Police chief.
Usually, an officer belonging to the Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territory (AGMUT) cadre is appointed to the post.
While the government had given additional charge of Delhi Police to Balaji Srivastava after the retirement of S N Shrivastava on 30 June, the decision to appoint Asthana has been taken as the Union home minister Amit Shah wants to reform Delhi Police by making it more professional and responsive. Asthana is known for criminal investigation and was the key player in the unravelling of the Indian Mujahideen in Gujarat in the past decade.




PM Modi to inaugurate 9 medical colleges in UP


The state had only 12 medical colleges till 2017. But as soon as the Yogi Government came to power, the number increased.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate nine new medical colleges on July 30 from Siddhartha Nagar district.

The new medical colleges will become functional after the inauguration.

According to the government spokesman, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has asked the administration to complete all necessary arrangements on time. It will be a historic occasion for the state when all the nine medical colleges in nine districts are inaugurated simultaneously.

The medical colleges that will be made functional this month will be in Deoria, Etah, Fatehpur, Ghazipur, Hardoi, Jaunpur, Mirzapur, Pratapgarh, and Siddhartha Nagar.

The state had only 12 medical colleges till 2017. But as soon as the Yogi Government came to power, the number increased.

The state government has planned to open medical colleges on the Public-Private-Partnership model in 16 districts of the state that do not have a medical college till now.

The state government is preparing to make Uttar Pradesh a hub of medical education, where not only the people of the state but people across the world can get all types of medical facilities.

Uttar Pradesh already has four premier medical institutes namely Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS), Ram Manohar Lohia Institute of Medical Sciences, Sefai institute and King George’s Medical University (KGMU).





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