Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday laid the foundation stone of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Rajkot in Gujarat and said that the nation had emerged as the nerve centre of global health. The project, estimated to be around Rs 1,195 crore, is expected to be completed by mid of 2022.
“India will play the most important role in the future of health and the health of future,” he said, adding that the country has proven its capacity to adapt, evolve and expand on ideas when needed. “Our focus was always on humanity, the PM said, adding that India has emerged as the nerve centre of global health. The project will mean generation of thousands of jobs, good health care and development of Gujarat, the PM said. “We could only establish 6 AIIMS after so many years of independence. In 2003, Atal ji’s government took the initiative to establish 6 more AIIMS. In the past 6 years, we have started work on establishing 10 more AIIMS,” PM Modi said.
For the project, 201 acres of land has been allotted, revealed a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office. Governor of Gujarat, Chief Minister of Gujarat, Union Health Minister and Union Minister of State for Health are also present on the occasion. It will be built at an estimated cost of Rs1,195 crore, and is expected to be completed by mid-2022.