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Indian Cabinet clears policy for youth empowerment

Jan 10, 2014

The Indian government adopted a new policy to empower youth to participate in priority areas of education, skill development and entrepreneurship.

New Delhi: The Union Cabinet, at its meeting in New Delhi on Thursday, gave its nod to a new National Youth Policy (NYP-2014) which would replace NYP- 2003 that is currently in force, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari told reporters.

The policy takes into account the fact that the youth in India, aged between 15-29 years, constitutes 27.5 percent of the population or about 33 crore persons, making the country one of the youngest in the world.

NYP-2014 identifies five well-defined objectives and 11 priority areas and suggests policy interventions in each of these areas, which include education, skill development and employment, entrepreneurship, health and healthy lifestyle, sports, promotion of social values, community engagement, participation in politics and governance, youth engagement, inclusion and social justice.

Aiming at empowering the youth to achieve their full potential, the NYP-2014 proposes broad policy interventions consistent with the 12th Plan priorities.

It, however, does not propose any specific programme or scheme having financial implications but all ministries and departments would be asked to bring to focus on youth issues within the framework of their plans, programmes and schemes.

Govt clears 10,000 more MBBS seats to address shortage of docs

The Centre on Thursday cleared a proposal for increasing over 10,000 MBBS seats in government medical colleges across the country by upgrading them to help bring down the doctor-patient ratio.

Of the Rs 10,000 crore proposal, the Centre would bear Rs 7,500 crore and state/Union Territory's share will be Rs 2,500 crore.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs in its meeting in New Delhi on Thursday approved the Rs 10,000 crore proposal of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for upgradation of existing state government/central government medical colleges to increase the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) seats.

"This will result in the increase of about 10,000 seats at a total cost of Rs 10,000 crore, with a proposed central assistance share of Rs 7,500 crore and State/Union Territory share of Rs 2,500 crore," said a government release.

The funding pattern under the scheme will be 90:10 by Central and State Governments respectively for North Eastern states and special category states and in the ratio of 70:30 for other states.

The total cost of one MBBS seat is approximately Rs 1.20 crore. The proposal is aimed at increasing the number of doctors to help bring down the doctor-patient ratio from the current 1:2000 to 1:1000.

At present, there are around 50,000 MBBS seats across the country and government is keen to increase them to address the issue of shortage of doctors.

Government is aiming at increasing the MBBS seats across the country to increase doctors for helping reduce the disease burden and work in the unserved areas of the country, especially in the rural hinterland.

Last week, the government cleared a proposal of the Health Ministry to set up 58 new medical colleges in states with central assistance and upgradation of district hospitals, thus helping create 5,800 more MBBS seats.

The establishment of 58 new medical colleges by upgradation of existing district hospitals in deficient states will help increase the intake capacity of 100 MBBS seats in each medical college.

Currently, a total of 381 medical colleges in the country with 49,918 MBBS seats registered with the apex medical regulator - the Medical Council of India.

Source: DD News

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