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Punjab govt creates another hurdle in opening of AIIMS Bathinda: Harsimrat

Chandigarh, Sep 20 (UNI) Since his government came to power in 2017, Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh is putting one obstacle after another in the stage wise execution of the prestigious AIIMS Bathinda project.
This time the state government is deliberately delaying the power supply to the premier medical institute as is evident from the Union health ministry’s latest communiqué to the state chief secretary, to be precise.

In a hard-hitting statement, castigating the state government for its repeated attempts to stall the project and now to delay it inordinately, Union Minister for Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal lambasted the state government for blocking the inauguration of such a prestigious health institution.
She urged the Chief Minister to work in the larger interest of the state and its people and be proactive in delivering on state government’s duties towards the timely implementation of the project of national interest.

The classes for the first batch of MBBS have already started at the transit campus of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot and the management is keen to start the OPD (Outdoor Patient Department) services immediately, latest by the end of this month, but due to the lack of power connection, the starting of OPD is being delayed inordinately.

The Union Health ministry was so annoyed at the lethargic attitude of the state government that the Secretary, Health (GoI) has now written to the chief secretary Punjab for his immediate intervention as in the absence of power supply, the opening of facility is getting delayed.

As per the MoU signed between the state government and Union health ministry for establishment of the AIIMS in Punjab, the state government had to provide electricity connection of the required load at its own cost and therefore the Operation & Maintenance of 66/11 KV substation has to be borne by either Punjab government or the PSPCL as the utility would be charging for the power supply.

The state government was supposed to provide the power supply to the AIIMS Bathinda last year itself, but it failed to do so. Even in the last review meeting the state authorities were asked to ensure the power supply to the institution latest by September 15, categorically mentioning that the building was ready for the inauguration but it fell on deaf ears.

The Union Health Secretary has made a special request to the Punjab Chief Secretary for early resolution, so that adequate required power load could be supplied for successful commissioning of the OPD services which would benefit the entire region.

AIIMS Bathinda is a dream project of Ms Badal, who had pursued it vigorously from the day of its conception in Punjab and ensured it getting established in Malwa region suffering from endemic Cancer and other serious ailments.
Upset over the dilatory tactics of Punjab government, the Union Minister, who represents the Bathinda Lok Sabha constituency, said she was shocked at the apathy of the state government towards the prestigious project because she had worked tirelessly to ensure that AIIMS Bathinda be one of the first AIIMS to be completed in India, well within the time and was proud that her government had done so.
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