New Delhi: A bill to help the Centre set up AIIMS-like institutes across India by a notification was introduced in the Lok Sabha Monday.
The All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (Amendment) Bill, 2012 will also replace a recent ordinance which allowed the six AIIMS-like institutes to become operational from September, 2012.
The bill will confer powers upon the Centre to establish AIIMS-like institutions by notification in the official gazette.
In an effort to correct the imbalance in availability of affordable healthcare, six AIIMS-like medical institutes were announced in Patna, Bhopal, Raipur, Bhubaneshwar, Jodhpur and Rishikesh.
"The six states in which the institutes were established had requested the central government to make them operational urgently and to commence the academic session in September, 2012," the Statement of Objects and Reasons said adding that it made the Centre bring out the ordinance.
The proposed measure will also help the Centre change the status of the six new AIIMS registered under the Societies Registration Act to be an autonomous body corporate on the lines of the existing AIIMS in Delhi.
According to the Financial Memorandum, an estimated cost of Rs 4920 crore - Rs 820 crore per AIIMS - has been approved.