Minister for Health T Harish Rao on Thursday expressed happiness over the Telangana State winning the third rank in the health index. This showed that the State witnessed all-around progress under the leadership of Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao.
Harish Rao was laying the foundation stone for a 100-bed super-speciality Hospital on the premises of the old Collectorate here. The government will spend Rs 300 crore for the construction of the hospital.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister recalled that the people used to migrate from the district in hordes because of drought and starvation in erstwhile Andhra Pradesh. Now, the district was transformed. Those, who migrated from the district, are now returning to the place of their origin as the district witnessed rapid progress in the agriculture sector and others. Those who migrated to Telangana from other States were also provided with work, he said.
Telangana government completed Bheema, Nettampadu and Kalwakurthy projects after the formation of the Telangana State. The projects have been providing water for irrigation to 6 lakh acres in the Palamuru district.
Harish Rao said that the State government had sanctioned the first medical college in Mahabubnagar after the formation of Telangana State. The undivided Mahabubnagar district has three medical colleges. He announced a grant of Rs 50 crore for the establishment of a nursing college in Mahabubnagar. He said that six courses will start in paramedical college this academic year. While the medical seats in the country increased by 71 per cent, the increase recorded in Telangana in medical seats was 112 per cent.
Minister for Prohibition and Excise V Srinivas Goud said that the State government was committed to providing quality healthcare to people. The government was determined to ensure that none should be denied quality healthcare in the State.
Mahabubnagar Lok Sabha member Manne Srinivas Reddy said that the credit for establishing eight medical colleges in the State should go to the BRS government.
Jadcherla MLA C Laxman Reddy, Devarkadra MLA A Venkateswar Reddy, Zilla Parishad Chairperson Swarna Sudhakar Reddy and others were present.