Nod for 3 more AIIMS-like institutions
The Union Cabinet on Wednesday cleared proposals to set up three new All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AllMS) at Nagpur in Maharashtra, Manglagiri in Andhra Pradesh and Kalyani in West Bengal under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojna (PMSSY) at a cost of Rs 4,949 crore.
However, the government statement did not mention about the proposed AIIMS in Jammu and Kashmir, which was announced in the wake of a widespread agitation in the state. Following reports that the premier healthcare facility will be set up in the Valley, several organisations had staged protests.
Later, the government had announced that both Jammu and Kashmir will get AIIMS-like facilities.
“The new AIIMS will be established as institutes of national importance for providing quality medical education, nursing education and also to provide tertiary healthcare facilities to the people of these locations. The proposed institution shall have a hospital with capacity of 960 beds. In addition, there shall be a teaching block, administrative block, AYUSH block, auditorium, nursing college, night shelter, hostel and residential facilities,” Power Minister Piyush Goyal said.
Immediately after the cabinet briefing, former J&K CM Omar Abdullah tweeted: “Has anyone seen the formal order sanctioning the two AIIMS – one each for Jammu & Srinagar?”
Senior officials in the Health Ministry said there was no rethink on the Jammu AIIMS. They added that it was too soon to seek Cabinet’s sanction for the project as the state is yet to identify land for the institute.