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The government Thursday decided to set up an Central Armed Police Forces Institute of Medical Sciences.
The institute will include a 500-bed general hospital,a 300-bed super-specialty hospital and a nursing college and is estimated to come up in about six years at a cost of Rs 1366.53 crore. The government has already purchased 48.80 acres of land at Maiden Garhi in southeast Delhi for it and construction will begin soon.
The project is aimed to attract talented medical professionals to central armed police forces and provide in-service healthcare staff an avenue to pursue higher and specialised courses in-house.
The institute will boost morale of the armed police forces and help provide better medical facilities to the personnel and their families,the government said in a statement. The decision to set up the institute has been hailed by paramilitary personnel who are often unable to get proper medical attention for ailments or injuries suffered in gunfights.
As of now,such personnel are usually treated at local government hospitals.
This institute will not only cater to paramilitary personnel but their families as well,as is the case in defence services.