New Delhi: Government today said it has set a deadline to set up AIIMS-like institutes at six places across the country, with new medical colleges at six sites to be made functional from academic year 2012-13 and hospitals by the year 2013-14.
The government also stated it has already spent Rs 1,194.63 crore so far on the proposed six institutes.
In a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said the government had announced in 2003 the setting up of six AIIMS-like institutes at Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Jodhpur, Patna, Raipur and Rishikesh under Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojaya but these projects were approved in March 2006.
In reply to another question, he said new directors have also been selected by the government for the six proposed institutes.
Azad said offers of appointment were issued on August 30, 2011 to Sandeep Kumar for AIIMS, Bhopal, Girish Kumar Singh for AIIMS, Patna, Subrat Kumar Acharya for AIIMS, Bhubaneswar, Surender Kumar Sharma for AIIMS, Jodhpur, Kameshwar Prasad for AIIMS, Raipur, and Rita Sood for AIIMS, Rishikesh.
While Sandeep Kumar assumed charge on October 4, 2011, and Girish Kumar Singh on November 1, 2011, the four others did not join duty and the posts were re-advertised accordingly, Azad said.
The Minister said HLL Lifecare has been engaged for procurement of medical equipment for all the six institutes and they have been asked to finalize the list of equipment and
other required items in a phased manner to initiate the process for their procurement.
The procurement of equipment and furniture for pre-clinical and other departments is planned for completion before the academic session 2012-13, he said.
The minister said Rs 190.57 crore had been spent on AIIMS, Bhopal, Rs 143.05 on AIIMS, Bhubaneswar while Rs 185.88 crore has been spent on AIIMS, Jodhpur, and Rs 256.55 crore on AIIMS, Patna, and Rs 183.67 crore on AIIMS, Raipur, and another Rs 234.91 crore on AIIMS, Rishikesh.