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AIIMS bill moved in Rajya Sabha amid uproar

Bill will confer powers upon Centre to establish AIIMS-like institutions by notification in official gazette

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A bill to help the Centre set up AIIMS-like premier medical institutes across the country by a notification was moved in the Rajya Sabha today.

The Bill, already passed by the Lok Sabha on August 30, was moved for consideration and passage by Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare S Gandhiselvan.

The All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (Amendment) Bill, 2012, could not be taken up as Deputy Chairman adjourned the House following uproar by BJP over the coal block allocation issue.

The measure will replace an ordinance which allowed the six AIIMS-like institutes to get operational from September.

The bill will confer powers upon the Centre to establish AIIMS-like institutions by notification in the official gazette.

Government aims to set up six AIIMS-like medical institutes in Patna, Bhopal, Raipur, Bhubaneshwar, Jodhpur and Rishikesh in a bid to correct the imbalance in availability of affordable healthcare in various parts of the country.

The institutes are to be made operational by September 15, the government has already announced.

"The six states in which the institutes were established had requested the central government to make them operational urgently and to commence the academic session in September, 2012," the Bill's Statement of Objects and Reasons stated.

The Bill will also help the Centre change the status of the six new AIIMS registered under the Societies Registration Act to be an autonomous body corporate on the lines of the existing AIIMS in Delhi.

First Published: Mon, September 03 2012. 14:38 IST