The Central Government has announced that it plans to set up Six new All India Institutes of Medical Science (AIIMS) in six different states in order to cater to the increasingly growing demands for more doctors across the country.
The announcement was made by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley while presenting the union budget in the Lok Sabha.
“In the fiscal year 2015-16, I propose to set up All India Institutes of Medical Sciences in Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh and Assam,” said the minister.
“Keeping in view the need to augment medical sciences in Bihar, I propose to set up another AIIMS-like institution in these states,” he added.
With this announcement, now the total number of AIIMS-like super specialty institutes in the country has gone up to 14. All the new institutes will be named after the Delhi-based first AIIMS that became functional in 1956 as an autonomous institute.
Over the years, AIIMS has been regarded as North India’s best government hospital with more than 2,200 beds. The institute treats more than 10,000 people on a daily basis. With the announcement of the new AIIMS, the BJP-led NDA government is successfully conveying the message that it intends to expand superior healthcare facilities and quality medical institutions to virtually all corners of the country.
The proposal for more AIIMS was first raised by the previous NDA government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2003. However, the proposal was cleared by the UPA government in 2006 following which, five new AIIMS-like institutes were founded in Patna (Bihar), Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh), Bhubaneswar (Odisha), Jodhpur (Rajasthan), Raipur (Chhattisgarh) and Rishikesh (Uttarakhand) at an estimated cost of Rs.332 crore each. In 2009, two more institutes were founded in West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh.