Public Health & Family Welfare and Medical Education Depts to be merged

Bhopal: The Cabinet, which met here today under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Dr. Mohan Yadav, approved the merger of Public Health and Family Welfare Department and Medical Education Department.

Public Health and Family Welfare Department and Medical Education Department will be merged and reconstituted as “Public Health and Medical Education Department”. Medical colleges will be able to focus on critical/specialized treatment and medical education instead of providing routine medical services.

Effective monitoring of infant mortality and maternal mortality will be easier. Best practices of medical colleges can be used in health centres. It will become easier to affiliate district hospitals with medical colleges.

 Amendment in Medical Sciences University Act, 2011

The Cabinet approved amendment in the provisions of Madhya Pradesh Medical University Act, 2011. Presently the University of Medical Sciences offers courses in Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Ayurveda, Unani, Homeopathy, Naturopathy etc.

In view of increase in number of nursing and paramedical institutions and students, the University of Medical Sciences will be given the responsibility of conducting courses in subjects other than nursing and paramedical. Courses related to nursing and paramedical subjects will be conducted through other universities established under the Higher Education Department.

Amendment in Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974

The Cabinet approved the proposal to be sent to the Parliament for amendment in the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974. Amendments are proposed in the law such as removing minor crimes related to water pollution from the category of crime and making provision for fine.

Prime Minister’s College of Excellence in all districts

Under the National Education Policy, the Cabinet gave approval to establish in all districts at least one Prime Minister’s College of Excellence. Additional 1845 academic posts and 387 non-academic posts have been approved in the selected colleges. For this, a total expenditure of Rs 485 crore was approved.

Approval of sixth pay scale

The Cabinet also approved sixth pay scale for the teachers/employees of non-government institutions receiving grants under the Tribal Affairs Department from January 1, 2006 and an estimated expenditure of Rs 206 crore 80 lakh.

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