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Societies to run six AIIMS-like institutions

The Cabinet today gave its nod to the setting up of societies to run six AIIMS-like institutions at a cost of Rs 823 core each.

india Updated: Aug 09, 2010 17:23 IST
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The Cabinet today gave its nod to the setting up of societies to run six AIIMS-like institutions at a cost of Rs 823 core each.

In 2006, the Cabinet had announced the setting up of six AIIMS-like institutions in Bihar(Patna), Chhattisgarh (Raipur), Madhya Pradesh (Bhopal), Orissa (Bhubaneshwar), Rajasthan (Jodhpur) and Uttarakhand (Rishikesh) to provide affordable hi-end treatment and quality medical education in under-served states.

These societies will run the institutes being set up under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana till they are brought under an Act of Parliament.

Each of these institutions will be registered as a society under the societies Registration Act, 1860, “This is an interim arrangement till the Bill is passed. The societies will be legal entities that will ensure greater autonomy and faster execution of the projects,” said a health ministry official, unwilling to be named.

Work on the six institutes started in earnest in 2009. “Hostel buildings are almost 90 per cent complete and medical colleges will be ready in 15 months, by October 2011. Work on all six hospital has started, with a 24-month deadline and an incentive clause worth Rs 10-crore for work finishing ahead of schedule,” he said.

“Once the societies are registered, the process of hiring and training of staff and faculty will begin,” he added. The institutes are expected to become fully functional by 2012.

The six institutes will have a two-tier governance structure. A governing council under the chairmanship of the Union health minister will decide all matters concerning policy. The council will have representation from central ministries, research organizations and health experts.

A board of governors headed by the Union secretary for health will have state government representatives.