“When Modi became India’s PM, India was 11th in the list of biggest economies of the world. India was 11th when Atalji ceased to be PM. In 10 years (of UPA rule), Sonia-Manmohan did this favour on the country that they sustained the country in 11th position and did not let it slide down to 15th rank,” Shah said while laying the foundation stone of the new campus of Gujarat Technological University at Lekvada, Gandhinagar district.
He added, “After Modi became PM, he worked hard to elevate India from 11th to fifth position. Do you know who was displaced from fifth position? England was in fifth place. In India’s 75th year of Independence, England, which ruled India for 125 years, was displaced from the fifth spot.”
Earlier in the day, while laying the foundation stone for a 750-bed multi-specialty hospital of the Kalol Institute and Research Centre (KIRC) at Kalol, Gandhinagar district, Shah urged the management to also apply for a medical college which will be attached to the hospital.
He alleged that instead of improving health infrastructure, Congress leaders “made money” in the name of improving medical education facilities when they were in government before 2014.
Shah said 387 medical colleges, both private and government, were functioning in the country in 2013-14. This number has increased to 600 due to the PM’s efforts, he said. “The number of MBBS seats has also gone up to 89,875 today against 51,348 seats in 2013-14. The number of post-graduate medical seats also increased from 31,185 to 60,202 today. This means that the number of colleges and medical seats doubled in last eight years. Ten new AIIMS have become operational, while 22 more are coming up,” he said.