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Union minister asks TN govt to expedite steps to identify

Press Trust of India  |  Coimbatore 

Ashwini Kumar Choubey today urged the government to speed up the process of identifying the location for setting up an All (AIIMS) in the state, as announced by the Centre some time ago.

Speaking after inaugurating a 230-bedded International Super Speciality Facility at the here, he said Prime had announced 20 AIIMS under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY), of which six had already become functional.

The of state for health and family welfare added that six new AIIMS would be ready by March, 2020, another two by 2021, another five by 2022 and one more -- at Pulwama in -- by March, 2024.

Choubey also said he had recently asked Chief Minister K Palaniswami to speed up the process to identify the location for the AIIMS in the state.

He asserted that the 11.5-per cent increase in the budgetary allocations, from Rs 47,352 crore last year to Rs 52,800 crore in 2018-19, would help in providing more to the common man and poor across the country.

Similarly, there was a 14-per cent increase in the allocations for the National Health Mission, from Rs 21,940.70 crore to Rs 24,908.61 crore this year, with a special allocation of Rs 1,200 crore to focus on the primary health services, the said.

For the first time in the world, a government had allotted Rs 2,000 crore for the benefit of 10 crore poor and vulnerable families with an of Rs five lakh per family, Choubey added.

Municipal Administration Minister S P Velumani was also present on the occasion.

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First Published: Sat, February 10 2018. 18:55 IST