And upgrade of 13 existing government medical college institutions

The Cabinet on Friday approved the Revised Cost Estimates (RCE) for setting up six new All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)-like institutions and upgrade of 13 government medical college institutions under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) (Phase I) for an outlay of Rs.9,307.62 crore.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs had earlier approved the scheme for Rs.3,975.99 crore. Due to substantial changes in the cost and scope of the works, the requirement of funds has increased necessitating a fresh Cabinet approval. The allocation made for the PMSSY-Phase I projects for the XI Plan was Rs.3,955 crore. The additional expenditure involved would be Rs.5,535.62 crore.

Tertiary health care

However, the allocation of XI Plan is sufficient to meet the expenditure in the remaining two years of the plan period. The new institutions/upgraded facilities in the existing medical colleges would provide tertiary health care facilities in and around the location and adjoining districts/States in the country. The projects under Phase-I are spread over 19 locations in the 16 States.

The new AIIMS-like institutions are located at Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh), Bhubaneswar (Orissa), Jodhpur (Rajasthan), Patna (Bihar), Raipur (Chhattisgarh) and Rishikesh (Uttarakhand). These institutions would be completed by 2012.

The institutes to be upgraded are Government Medical Colleges at Thiruvananthapuram, Salem, Bangalore, Kolkata, Jammu and Srinagar; NIMS, Hyderabad; SGPGIMS, Lucknow; B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad; RIMS, Ranchi; IMS, BHU, Varanasi; SVIMS, Tirupati; and Grants Medical College, Mumbai.