Amid the demand for an All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Jammu, union health minister JP Nadda on Friday said the AIIMS would come up in both Jammu and Srinagar, for which an expert committee had been constituted.
Nadda's assertions came in the face of the ongoing protests by a group of activists in Jammu for the setting up of AIIMS in that town after Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed recently announced that the institute allocated by the Centre would come up in Srinagar.
"We will start an AIIMS in Jammu for which we are waiting for 200 acres of land to be given by the state government," Nadda told HT here.
"Both Srinagar and Jammu will have AIIMS," he clarified, in the face of the controversy over the allocation of funds "for AIIMS in Jammu and Kashmir" as announced by union finance minister Arun Jaitley in his annual budget allocations.
Jammu recently witnessed week-long protests against the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre after the Mufti's statement of AIIMS coming up at Srinagar.