Condemning the state government’s decision to set up All India Institution of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Bathinda instead of Kapurthala as was earlier announced, former MLA and Congress spokesperson Sukhpal Singh Khaira on Sunday said chief minister Parkash Singh Badal had put the interests of the people of Doaba and Majha on the backburner.
“This is merely a political gimmick by the Badal family that even after committing to setting up AIIMS in Kapurthala, the chief minister backtracked from his decision,” Khaira said.
Khaira said following the instructions from the Kapurthala deputy commissioner to find 200 acres land in the district, Ramidi village sarpanch had passed a resolution offering panchayat land free of cost for setting up AIIMS on the National Highway (NH-1).
“The Kapurthala DC had also forwarded the proposal to the state government finding the place accessible to not only people of Doaba but also suited for those from Majha and Malwa regions,” he added.
Khaira said there is not a single government hospital providing quality healthcare that can cater to the needs of the poor in Doaba and Majha due to which people have to travel to the PGI in Chandigarh for treatment, as private hospitals in Jalandhar and Amritsar are beyond their reach.
“Bathinda is not only in the corner of state, but has another PGI satellite hospital coming up in its vicinity at Ghabadan Kothi near Sangrur, barely 75 km away,” he said.
He said that intentions of the Badal family are to take all development projects to Bathinda. By shifting AIIMS to Bathinda, the Badals, particularly Harsimrat Kaur, is behaving like an autocrat.