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Aim to fill gap in tertiary healthcare

12 institutions identified, 13th to be identified soonLaw Ministry proposal regarding Supreme Court also clearedApproves signing of bilateral investment promotion with N. Korea

NEW DELHI: The Union Cabinet's Committee on Economic Affairs on Thursday decided to upgrade 13 medical institutions in the country at a cost of Rs. 1,560 crores. This is in addition to the project already under implementation for the setting up of six AIIMS-like institutions.

While 12 institutions to be upgraded have been identified, the 13th will soon be. The institutions listed for upgradation are: Government Medical College, Salem, Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram, Bangalore Medical College, Nizam Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences, Tirupati, Sanjay Gandhi Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow, J.J. Medical College Hospital, Mumbai, Kolkata Medical College, B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad, Patliputra Medical College Hospital, Dhanbad, and the Government Medical Colleges at Jammu and Srinagar.

Announcing the decision, Union Finance Minister and Cabinet spokesperson P. Chidambaram said the 13th institution would be in Uttar Pradesh.

The aim was to fill the gap in tertiary healthcare infrastructure and provide for quality medical education in under-served States.

The upgradation will be made under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana.

The Cabinet also cleared the Law Ministry's proposal regarding the Supreme Court on three of the recommendations of the first National Judicial Pay Commission headed by former Supreme Court Judge Jagannath Shetty.

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