Hyderabad: In a brazen attempt at claiming credit where it doesn’t exist, Union Tourism Minister G Kishan Reddy said the Narendra Modi government at the Centre had ‘established’ nine medical colleges in Telangana State.
In a blatant lie, the Union Minister recently tweeted: “Continuing the endeavor to strengthen our medical and health care infrastructure, the Narendra Modi government has established 90 medical colleges in the country during the past 3 years including 9 medical colleges in Telangana.”
Continuing the endeavor to strengthen our medical & health care infrastructure, the @narendramodi govt has established 90 medical colleges in the country during the last 3 years including 9 medical colleges in #Telangana.
— G Kishan Reddy (@kishanreddybjp) July 31, 2021
This surely can’t be a misconstrued as a case of faux pas but a deliberate attempt to mislead the people since Kishan Reddy picked up the information from a written reply given in Lok Sabha by Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Dr Bharati Pravin Pawar. The reply clearly states that as per information from National Medical Commission (NMC), 90 medical colleges have been established during the last three years, and goes on to give State/UT-wise details. Nowhere does it say that these medical colleges were established by the BJP government at the Centre.
Besides Government Medical Colleges established by the State government in Siddipet, Nalgonda and Suryapet, the remaining are all private medical colleges.
In fact, the then Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan had, in Rajya Sabha on March 10 this year, admitted that no new medical colleges were sanctioned for Telangana State in the past six years!
Kishan Reddy should also realise that people understand the difference between ‘approval’ by a Central authority to set up a medical college and the Union government itself ‘establishing’ an institute.
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