J&K Government: From Tourism To Health Tourism

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To bring the Jammu and Kashmir erstwhile state on the developmental track, central government with the J&K government is looking serious to some extent after the removal of special status and bifurcation of the state, the status was an obstacle in the way of development according to the centre.  As Ashok Koul (BJP state general secretary) has said that the “J&K is heading towards a new journey of development”.

In this context the J&K administration under the chairmanship of governor Satya pal Malik approved the ‘policy document’ for two new medical cities in Jammu and Kashmir, in which identification transfer of land will be done by revenue department. J&K government is emphasizing on quality health care provide to the people of J&K. Government is also making efforts to develop the private health care sector in J&K. With a motive to develop the infrastructure of the health sector, in the month of March government approved the “state healthcare investment policy -2019”.

The policy will provide incentives to those private investors and entrepreneurs to set up health care facilities with an aim of improving accessibility of common people to the quality health care services including promotion and establishment of hospitals and medical | allied educational institutions. The private investor would be required to design, finance, construct and equip the medi-city with necessary medical and non-medical infrastructure, run and maintain the facility.

So, under the “state healthcare investment policy -2019” government will support in providing land, financial assistance to the investors.  The government will also facilitate  fast clearance of project proposals through a web based single window system allowing investors to avail the necessary approvals to establish and start their business operations through a single platform without any physical touch point with the approving | licensing authority.

There will be an Apex Level Project Clearance Committee (ALPCC) set up by the health and medical education department for speedy clearance of the projects. There are around 3500 public health institutions in the Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh.

The facilities in these cities will be of Medical colleges, super specialty centers of excellence, Nursing, Pharmaceuticals, Hospital management, dental colleges, Ayurvedic colleges and hospitals and medical education hubs, AYUSH centers, research centers, residential areas, staff quarters and guest houses etc.

Moreover, there are 41 medical stores being opened under the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushudhi Pariyojna Kendra (BMBJPK) in J&K. This Campaign was started under the name of “Jan Aushudi Medical Stores” and Affordable Medicines and Reliable Implants for Treatment (AMRIT) in various districts of J&K. This Scheme was launched in J&K in the 2010 and first store was opened by the then Governor N.N Vohra in Red Cross Building Srinagar in 2011. There are 57stores in the J&K among those 45 are successfully functional by private entrepreneurs .25 more stores will be opened in J&K. The Bureau of Pharma Public Sector Undertaking of India (BPPI) provides onetime financial assistance up to 2.50 lac to setup the stores. The Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushudhi Pariyojna Kendra (BMBJPK) Scheme was launched by the GoI with a motive to provide quality medicines at affordable and lesser prices to the general public. Govt has also identified 16 sites for AMRIT retail pharmacy stores.

To develop these cities with an aim to make a new heath tourism in J&K, as we know that with the beauty of it,  People love to visit across from others states to Jammu and Kashmir particularly in the hottest months, when the temperature touches 50 in various states. So, people from other states would love to get the treatment from Kashmir.

But to develop the two medical cities in J&K, there are few concerns for the government. It is certain that one medical city will be developed in Jammu and one in Kashmir. As far as Kashmir is concerned due to its escalating volatile situation in every passing day it is hard to develop the health tourism in the division as the tourism sector is already on its verge to die. First to get development going you need a peaceful environment which is not in Kashmir after the august 5 decision and how much time it will take to get the normal nobody knows and even it can be worse, as the Killing spree has started again in South Kashmir. First in Shopian a Truck driver from Rajasthan was shot dead and his apple laden truck was set to fire. After 48 hours of this killing a laborer from Chhattisgarh working in brick kiln was shot dead by unknown gunmen in Nihama area of Pulwama district. Same day in the evening two fruit dealers were shot upon by four unknown gunmen in Shopian, in which one identified as Charanjeet was killed and other Sanjeev survives, both were from Punjab state. Now the time will tell how the government will bring peace and develop the volatile valley.

 

 

 

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