Will help in faster execution of projects, release of funds

The Union Cabinet on Monday gave the go-ahead for a proposal to form societies for the six All-India Institute of Medical Sciences-like institutions, being set up under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY). This will help in faster execution of projects and release of funds.

These societies will be functional till these institutions are brought under an Act.

Each one will be registered as a society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860, an official release issued here after a Cabinet meeting said. Each society will have a two-tier organisation and management structure.

The governing council, under the chairmanship of the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare will have appropriate representation from Ministries/ Departments concerned and other related organisations.

There will be a board of governors, with the Secretary (Health and Family Welfare) as chairperson. The State governments will have appropriate representation. Persons with special knowledge in science and medicine will be nominated by the governing council.

The Cabinet approved the PMSSY in March 2006. Under Phase-I, the AIIMS-like institutions are being set up in Bihar (Patna), Chhattisgarh (Raipur), Madhya Pradesh (Bhopal), Orissa (Bhubaneswar), Rajasthan (Jodhpur) and Uttarakhand (Rishikesh) at an estimated cost of Rs. 840 crore per institution, including nursing colleges.

The formation of societies will give these institutions a governance structure, which is not there at present.

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