The allocation for the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, witnessed drop in the Union budget for 2016-16 presented by finance minister Arun Jaitley on Monday.
The PGIMER got Rs 728.55 crore, down from the last fiscal’s Rs 745 crore. The institute had proposed a budget estimate of Rs 1,103 crore. The major cuts are in the non-plan allocation, which is likely to affect recruitment and employees salaries. Of the total budget, the institute got Rs 170 crore under the plan category and Rs 558.55 crore under non-plan category.
The budget allocated in 2016-17 is 2.2% less than the revised budget estimates of the previous fiscal (2015-16), when Rs 745 crore was allocated to the institute, of which Rs 160 crore was under the plan head and Rs 585 crore under the non-plan head.
“We are not satisfied with the budget allocation to the PGIMER. The institute will again send the revised budget estimates to the Union ministry in September-October,” said an official of the institute.
“We have recruited more staff and recruitments are still going on. Moreover, the seventh pay commission might also get implemented. These expenditures cannot be met with only Rs 558.55 crore sanctioned under the non-plan budget,” he added.
Completion of the Sangrur hospital, air-conditioning of the New OPD and modernisation of the Nehru Hospital and the Research Block are some of the projects PGIMER administration was looking forward to complete this year.
What PGIMER gets
Budget proposed for: Rs 1,103 crore
Plan: Rs 323 crore
Non-plan: Rs 780 crore
Budget allocated: Rs 785.55 crore
Plan: Rs 170 crore
Non-plan: Rs 558.55 crore