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AIIMS in Kashmir was originally sanctioned for Jammu: Minister

Jammu (IANS): The AIIMS sanctioned for the Kashmir Valley was originally meant for Jammu region, Minister of state in the PMO Dr Jitendra Singh said on Saturday.

Addressing a meeting of Bharatiya Janata Party workers at the newly-opened constituency office here, Dr Jitendra Singh said that right from the beginning, the demand for AIIMS was always raised for Jammu due to a regional imbalance of health care services between the Kashmir Valley and Jammu.

He said it was primarily with this motivation that the central government was approached by some BJP leaders.

Dr Jitendra Singh said the proposal for an AIIMS was earlier mooted during the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led government but was not seriously carried forward during the following 10-year Congress-led regime.

“Therefore, the sanction of an AIIMS was a logical culmination of the process that had got unduly stalled and hence soon after the presentation of the union budget on February 28, I had thanked Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for having sanctioned it,” he said.

Rakesh Gupta, president of the Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, had earlier said it was “strange and regrettable” that the BJP which got all its seats in the state assembly from Jammu region and is part of the ruling coalition in the state with the Peoples Democratic Party “has started acting against the interests of the region”.

A shutdown call on Friday against the alleged discrimination by the state government got support from the Congress, the National Conference and the National Panthers Party. Businesses, public transport and other industrial activities were affected.

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  1. dr malik dr malik Sunday, April 26, 2015

    sir,since you are reprensiting whole jk state in centre on very,why not convert existing special hospital into AIIMS Jammu,till you get another AIIMS for any dist. in jammu.Also as a leader you should guide your leadership to solve their problems in state ratherthan helping NC-Cong. who had both Ministers Like GN Azad,as well as Mr Sharama as H.M JK ,didnot do anything for this till last year,now shouting against your alliance on TV.similarlly jammu got 3 medical colleges,Kashmir 2,ladakh none during NC-Cong. but nobody from kashmir/ladak cried.Politicians exploit sentiments of poor people in state,when they are in power or outside since 47.You can get for kashmir/ladak AIIT,Management institute,A medical college for Kupwaa/Leh,AIIMS for Jammu ratherthan befooling us when you are on top post in govt.with pm.Knowing your capability in past you will help state by my sugestions.I agree Jammu/Ladak should have AIIMS/GMC respectivelly immedtally.Prof.Malik,jk-IMA presidient.

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