Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Science & Technology and Earth Science, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said on Saturday that the government under the leadership of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi is seriously working with complete focus for the upliftment of the poor people and to develop the North Eastern region at par with other develop states of India.
Dr Harsh Vardhan said this during a reception programme in honour of him and his lady wife at Kohima Village Council Hall.
The Union minister then said that many new schemes which are required for the development of the region have been taken up and the completed ones now have started to bear good results and many more such new projects are in the pipeline which will be taken up as per the requirements of the region for the benefit of the people. The Union minister added that it was due to the abled leadership, timely intervention and guidance of Prime Minister Modi that the Covid-9 pandemic could be tackled well for which the international community appreciated India for taking the leading role.
Dr Vardhan then informed that the representation which was submitted by the Kohima Village Council to him was noted and will study once he reaches Delhi and will take into considerations the things which are required for implementation.
Chairman Kohima Village Council, Helievio Solo in his remark expressed profound gratitude to the Union Minister and his lady wife for visiting their village and requested the Union minister for early completion of the ongoing medical college construction for improvement of health care system in Nagaland.
Stating that the main purpose of the site visit of the Kohima Medical College is to review the works being carried out, Union Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that though there has been delay in the past, he is keen to take up the project at a good pace, post COVID-19.
Later addressing the media, Dr. Harsh Vardhan stated that the project could not be taken up on time and has been delayed because of land ownership issues, which has now been resolved at the village level. Post COVID-19, things are progressing and he informed that the year end of 2021 has been set up as the proposed date for the completion of the project, and also few things to be completed by the middle of 2022.
Dr. Harsh Vardhan then said that on Friday, he, along with the Chief Minister, Nagaland and Minsiter, H&FW laid the foundation stone of another medical college at Mon, to ensure that the people of Nagaland should benefit and avail the health services like proper healthcare, medical education etc.
On the timely completion of the project, Dr. Harsh Vardhan informed that the Minister, H&FW will personally review the project works, assisted by the Secretary, H&FW, and the Centre will be coordinating with the State Government to check the progress of the project.
Dr. Harsh Vardhan then said that in this year’s budget, there is huge increase in the healthcare spending, in systems like availability of potable water, sanitation, nutritional issues which will ensure in providing good healthcare services. He reminded that Prime Minister, Narendra Modi is emphasising to strengthen the infrastructure in the North East states including Nagaland, not just in the health sector but in all the other sectors like connectivity etc. and to make sure that the North East states progress in all fronts like the rest of the country.
Later, during his visit to the Kohima War Cemetery, the Union minister paid homage to the Indian and British soldiers who sacrificed their lives while fighting in the famous Battle of Kohima in 1944. He also laid a wreath at the War Memorial along with his lady wife.