THE POST-GRADUATE Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) has got an allocation of Rs 728.55 crore for the next financial year.
According to PGI officials, out of the Rs 728.55 crore, the ministry has allocated Rs 170 crore for planned projects while Rs 558.55 crore has been earmarked for non-plan projects. The PGI had proposed a budget estimate of Rs 1,103 crore for the next financial year.
A senior PGI official told Chandigarh Newsline that the main projects for which the funds were sought include the air-conditioning of the OPD building and expansion of the Nehru hospital.
The official said that the funds would be spent on the upgradation of the two research blocks of the institute. “We have a major project of setting up a 300-bedded hospital at Sangrur,” he said.
Sources said that the proposal which was sent to the Union Ministry also included new equipment for the institute. “Every year, we purchase new equipment and machines for the patients. This year, we will also purchase modern machines from the allocated funds,” said a PGI official.
As per the budget, Rs 153 crore has been sanctioned for planned budget for the creation of the capital assets at the institute. Also, Rs 3 crore has been sanctioned for the drug de-addiction centre at PGI.
According to the PGI officials, for the year 2015-2016, the total budget proposed by the institute was Rs 900 crore.