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6 more AIIMS-like hospitals soon

February 03, 2004 14:36 IST

Six hospitals on the pattern of the Delhi-based prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences will be set up in the country, Finance Minister Jaswant Singh announced in Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

A hospital each will be established in Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Rajasthan and Uttaranchal under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana, he said.

The yojana, unveiled by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Independence Day, also envisages the upgradation of one medical college to the level of AIIMS in each of the six states of Andhra Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.

Singh said a provision of Rs 60 crore (Rs 600 million) has been made in the Interim Budget itself for both these schemes.

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