The government Wednesday approved setting up of a new AIIMS with 750 beds at Bhatinda in poll-bound Punjab under the Prime Minister Swashtya Suraksha Yojana with a project cost of Rs 925 crore.
This is the second AIIMS for which the Cabinet has given its approval within a week. Last week, the Cabinet had approved establishment of a new AIIMS at Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh at an estimated cost of Rs 1,011 crore.
The new AIIMS at Bhatinda will provide super-specialty healthcare and will be completed in 48 months.
The Cabinet also decided to rescind an earlier decision to set up the Concurrent Evaluation Office (CEO) for managing Concurrent Evaluation Network in the Rural Development Ministry. The decision will pave the way for managing and carrying out evaluation studies of Rural Development programmes.mk