‘Centre trying to expedite AIIMS Madurai project’

The Hindu Bureau

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Tuesday, 30th May 2023
Page No. 6
Chennai Print Edition

Union Minister of State for Science and Technology Jitendra Singh on Monday said the Union government was trying to expedite the construction of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Madurai before its planned completion date of March 2026.

Addressing the media in Chennai after launching a month-long campaign by the BJP to showcase the achievements of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government in the past nine years, he said those questioning the delay should remember that it was only after the incumbent government came to power that the number of AIIMS hospitals was increased significantly in the country.

Mr. Singh said the improvement in India’s status on the global stage in the past nine years was the biggest achievement, which was possible due to a number of initiatives taken up by the government. Claiming that Mr. Modi had emerged as the tallest leader in the world, he believed world leaders were looking to him for guidance and advice.

He said India’s growth in the past nine years should be seen in comparison to the situation prior to 2014, which he termed a period of “desperation and pessimism”.

According to him, 2014 marked the beginning of a journey from pessimism to optimism. Stating that India had witnessed transformational progress in various fields, he claimed that even in the space sector, the country was now as advanced as the United States, or even better.

When asked about the promise of creating two crore jobs and the availability of data on how many jobs have been created, Mr. Singh said job creation happened in both private and government sectors. He highlighted the jobs being offered through Rozgar Melas towards fulfilling the government’s promise of providing 10 lakh government jobs for the youth.

Tamil Nadu BJP president K. Annamalai elaborated on the achievements in the last nine years, especially in uplifting the poor by building houses and toilets.

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