State health minister Harish Rao announced that Telangana is one of the top three Indian states in the NITI Aayog health index. The state health department released its ten-year report card here on Monday, September 25.“In 2014, we were ranked 11th and now we are at third position. We will soon reach the first position,” said Harish Rao crediting the success of the department to the medical staff.

Stating that a budget of Rs 12,364 crore was accorded towards health care services, Rao pointed out the state had reached the second position in terms of PG medical seats, adding, “In the last nine years, medical seats have risen from 2850 to 8515 with the addition of nine new medical colleges.”