Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday laid the foundation stone of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here, pledging that the institute will be made functional by 2020. “We will come again to inaugurate this project in 2020 in our (next) tenure,” the PM said, adding, “foundation stones are target-oriented in my regime”.
The AIIMS, which will come up on 170 acres on the outskirts of Bathinda at a cost of `950 crore, will also have 100 seats for MBBS, besides a nursing college.
Modi said infrastructure in the social sector was essential for the country’s overall development and this project was another milestone in that direction.
Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, his son and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal, and daughter-in-law Harsimrat Badal, who is a minister in the Union cabinet, were all praise for the Modi's demonetisation move.
"This will curb the parallel economy of black money in the country," the Punjab CM said, adding that the there will enough cash in banks and ATMs in another 10 days. "Modi sahib, we are always with you," Badal said .
As Modi laid the foundation stone for the AIIMS with the wish to inaugurate the project in 2020, Sukhbir said he wanted to see Modi as the PM for the next 25 years. "AAP will not get a single seat," the deputy chief minister said. He said country was lucky to have a prime minister like Modi. “The country actually never had a prime minister before Modi,” Sukhbir said.
Earlier, Harsimrat said Akali-BJP regime will rule for at least 25 years in Punjab. The event virtually turned into an election rally, as the SAD leadership listed their achievements.
Union health minister JP Nadda, Punjab BJP president Vijay kumar Sampla and Punjab health minister Surjit Kumar Jyani were also present on the dais.
Nadda announced seven new specialty wings each at the government medical colleges in Amritsar and Patiala.
Ethanol plant for stubble management
Harsimrat announced that the state will soon have an ethanol plant near Bathinda that will use paddy stubble to generate gas.
The Prime Minister acknowledged the move, appealing to the farmers not to burn the paddy stubble and look for options to put it to best of use as fuel for power or ethanol plants.
The chief minister urged the PM to facilitate the farmers in selling the stubble .