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CCEA approves six AIIMS-like institutions each

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New Delhi, Mar 16 (UNI) The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) today approved Rs 1192-crore plan to set up six AIIMS-like institutions one each in Bihar,Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Rajasthan and Uttaranchal.

Briefing reporters after the CCEA Meeting, Finance Minister P Chidambaram said the construction for these medical institutions would start within the financial year 2006-07. However, no timeline has been set up for starting these institutions since it would depend on completion of the buildings.

Each of the institutions will be 850-bedded hospital providing medical treatment in 39 speciality/super speciality disciplines including super-speciality beds and ICU beds. It would also provide under-graduate medical education with 100 intake capacity per year and PG/doctoral courses as per the norms of the Medical Council of India.

The state governments will provide at least 100 acres of developed land free of cost and other infrastructural facilities such as water, power, road connectivity for setting and running these institution. Each of the institutions would involve a capital expenditure of Rs 332 crore.

The running cost of these institutes would be Rs 700 crore the funding arrangement would be decided by a Group of Ministers, said Mr Chidambaram.

While the decision to set up the AIIMS-like institutions was the old one, the government would be implementing it now with four of the State Governments having identified the land.

The CCEA also approved a scheme for upgrading 11 institutions, details of which were not announced because of elections in some states. After the elections, the proposal would come back to the Cabinet, the Finance Minister said.

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