Union Budget 2018: Rs 1,207 crore sanctioned for Chandigarh’s PGIMER
The figure is a small increment from revised amount (1,205 crore) received in 2017-18 budget.punjab Updated: Feb 01, 2018 23:55 IST
The Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) od Chandigarh got Rs 1,207.78 crore, around Rs 300 crore less than what they had demanded. But Dr Jagat Ram, director of the institute, termed it as ‘satisfactory’.
The allocated budget is almost similar to the revised budget received by the institute last year, which was Rs 1,205 crore.
In 2017-18, the original budget allocated to the premier institute was Rs 1,139.6 crore.
Out of Rs 1207.78 crore sanctioned, Rs 892.98 crore is for salaries, Rs 89.8 crore is grant-in-aid (general) and Rs 225 crore is grant-in-aid (creation of capital assets).
‘Our demand was Rs 1,500 crore’
Talking about the budget, Dr Jagat Ram said, “We had demanded around Rs 1,500 crore but it is Rs 300 crore less. Still the budget is quite satisfactory and we are happy.”
He said, “In the revised budget, the government has sanctioned us the amount, including arrears and revised salary of 7th Central Pay Commission.”
The director said PGIMER is already getting separate funds for the construction of Neurosciences Centre and Mother and Child Care.
“We will see if in any quarter there is deficiency, then we will send supplementary agenda to the ministry,” said the director.