Bhatinda Wins Race Against Doaba Region for AIIMS Set Up
Where to set up the new All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) was major question in front NDA government that is steering the nation at present. Several contenders were in race against each other with Bhatinda district and Doaba region being the top contenders. The other contender was Hoshiarpur. However, Bhatinda eventually emerged triumphant and has earned the approval for setting up AIIMS.
It was Vijay Sampla – the Union Minister in charge of social empowerment who preferred Jalandhar or Hoshiarpur. Amid the stiff competition, a trump card from Harsimrat Kaur Badal turned the game in favor of Bhatinda. Badal, who is the Union Minister for India’s food processing industries as well as Bhatinda’s MP, convinced the NDA government to approve AIIMS setup in Bhatinda district under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana or the PMSSY.
MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal said that Malwa is currently in a state of trouble with cancer playing havoc. The absence of a proper health care facility which can offer low-cost yet high quality treatment is making things worse. AIIMS will bridge this gap and at the same time, the institute will also help the neighbor states of Rajasthan and Haryana. This argument helped Bhatinda to win the race against other contenders.
Vini Mahajan received a written letter from Sudeep Srivastava, confirming the AIIMS setup approval. Mahajan is Punjab’s Family Welfare and Health Department’s Principal Secretary whereas Srivastava has been appointed by the Union Ministry as PMSSY’s director. The letter clearly confirmed that Bhatinda will be the host district for AIIMS and directed Mr. Mahajan to take actions to clear up the area where institute will be set up. In addition to the written confirmation of approval, the letter received by Mahajan also included other necessary details like need for infrastructure development around proposed AIIMS site and development of roads so that a robust transportation network is available. The basic requirements of water and electricity supply were also outlined in the letter from Srivastava.