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Mega projects like AIIMS will boost the health sector in J&K: LG

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Directs executing agencies to stick to timelines, complete work within stipulated time-frames

Jammu: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha today visited AIIMS site at Vijaypur and inspected the pace of the on-going construction work on the prestigious project and directed the executing agencies to stick to the timelines to ensure the completion of work within stipulated time-frame.

The Lt Governor observed that the UT government is aiming to make the health-care system of J&K best in the country. Mega projects like AIIMS will certainly boost the health-care sector in Jammu and Kashmir.

Government is working on covering various factors like upgrading health infrastructure, strengthening of human resources, rationalizing the available staff, filling up the vacancies of doctors, nurses and other health workers, retention of doctors especially in rural areas, availability of adequate medical facilities and bringing in new innovations, which will play a major role in achieving the objective of providing quality and accessible healthcare services to the people of J&K, the Lt Governor maintained.

According to an official press release, he called for strenuous efforts from all stakeholders to improve health services delivery and to strengthen the patient-care system.

The Lt Governor enquired about the timelines set for the completion of the mega project.

He exhorted the concerned officers of executing agencies to make sure that necessary measures are taken to ensure quality of work and asked them to work in close coordination for timely completion of the project.

While taking stock of the present progress on the project, the Lt Governor was informed that the project with 30 months duration was awarded on 22nd February, 2020 and the stipulated date of completion is August 21, 2022.

It was informed that LOI was issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoH&FW) in March-2019. Funds for establishment of AIIMS Jammu shall be made available by MoH&FW through HEFA (Higher Education Financing Agency). AIIMS Rishikesh is the Mentor Institute for AIIMS Jammu.

Hirdesh Kumar, Commissioner/Secretary, Transport Department; Sanjeev Verma, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu; Mukesh Singh, IGP Jammu, Rohit Khajuria, Deputy Commissioner, Samba and other senior officers were present on the occasion.

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