Healthcare receives Rs 12,000-cr boost

Last week, the Union Cabinet approved a revised Budget of Rs 9,307.62 crore to set up six new tertiary care institutions on the lines of the capital’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Patna, Raipur, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Jodhpur and Rishikesh. This is more than double of the original allocation of Rs 3,975.99 crore.

All the six-AIIMS type institutions are way behind schedule as they had trouble in acquiring land, which resulted in court cases in some places. Five of the six have obtained the necessary environmental clearance and contractors have submitted the construction bids to the ministry.

In addition, the Centre will spend Rs 1,300 cr in upgrading the infrastructure and student accommodation capacity of government medical colleges in state capitals and Rs 1,200 cr in setting up 250 nursing schools, Health Minister Ghulam Nabui Azad said here at a Planning Commission meeting on infrastructure development.

Nursing training will be a key constituent of the government’s health scheme. At the moment, more than nine lakh nurses are registered with the Nursing Council of India.

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