As per the reports of CAG, The Gujarat government could not avail the Rs 750-crore grant that could have been utilized to establish five medical colleges in the state under a central scheme. The more shocking revelation was on the part of the Gujarat government who said they were satisfied with establishing medical colleges under Gujarat Medical Education and Research Society (GMERS) and public-private partnership model. It is clear to everyone that these medical colleges charge more fees.
The CAG report on general and social sector tabled in the Gujarat Assembly on Wednesday revealed that the government could not submit the proposal on time and lost the grant of Rs. 750 crore to set up five new medical colleges (GMCs) in the state.
The CAG mentioned in its report that the state had not taken any initiative to set up new government medical colleges under central government schemes till October 2014, for which no reasons were available on record. In November 2014, the state submitted the proposal for setting up medical colleges attached to five district hospitals in Amreli, Godhara, Nadiad, Palanpur and Vyara. However, by then, the Cabinet committee on economic affairs had already approved the establishment of 58 new government medical colleges in 20 other states and Union Territories. The possibility of establishing new government medical colleges under the scheme could not materialize due to delay in submission of the proposal.
“The government stated on October 2017 that it had opened eight new colleges under GMERS and the process for opening five new colleges on PPP mode was in progress,” the CAG stated. “It is evident that the state government could not avail of the government of India funding of Rs 750 crore allocated during 2014-15 for medical education for five GMCs in Gujarat.”
The Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India for the year ended March 2017 cited serious deficiencies in the working of government medical colleges. CAG also found that medical education and healthcare had suffered due to the shortage of teaching staff and instances of en-masse transfer of teachers from one medical college to other prior to inspection of MCI for retaining license of the college.
The CAG also found prescribed infrastructure and other facilities for proper teaching deficient during test checks of government medical colleges. The lecture theatres were found ill-equipped for virtual classes. Inadequate capacity in hostels had compelled them to accommodate students on floor beds and four to five students in a room. The Central Casualty Department at Jamnagar and Surat Civil Hospitals were functioning without Intensive Care Units and had lesser number of beds than those prescribed by MCI.