In an attempt to woo coalition partner BJP, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Friday invited Union health minister JP Nadda to lay the foundation stone of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Bathinda.
Badal met Nadda in New Delhi on Friday. Nadda, who accepted the invitation, informed Badal that all formalities had been completed and the ministry would get the project cleared in the next meeting of the Union cabinet. He assured Badal that after getting the cabinet's nod, the work on the project would begin.
Nadda also approved the proposal to allow parity in the fat standards of cow milk in Punjab with other states, thus bringing it down from 4% to 3.5% as permitted in the rest of India by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India. Nadda conveyed the decision to Badal.
Funds for reviving the heritage of Government Medical College, Amritsar, one of the oldest medical colleges in the country
Funds for setting up of state cancer hospitals in Amritsar, Hoshiarpur and Fazilka
Financial assistance for additional trauma centres at government hospitals on national highways
Increase in the quota of PG seats and takes up the issue of revising norms for allotment of PG seats with the Medical Council of India, thus allowing three PG seats per professor instead of the current two
Wants increase in the MBBS seats in Government Medical College, Amritsar, from 150 to 200
Release of Rs 84 crore for the 50 increased seats in each GMC, Patiala and Amritsar