MLA East Mr. Rajesh Gupta, Divisional Commissioner Dr. Pawan Kotwal, Secretary Health and Medical Education Dr. Mandeep K Bhandari, District Development Commissioner, Jammu, Mr. Simrandeep Singh, Director Health Services, Jammu, Dr. Baljeet Singh Pathania, Mission Director NHM, Dr. Mohan Singh, Director Family Welfare, Dr. Baldev Raj Sharma, Controller Drugs and Food, Mr. Nazir Wani, Deputy Director Drugs and Food Organisation, Mrs. Lotika Khajuria, President Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Rakesh Gupta besides other senior officers of health and revenue departments accompanied the Minister.
After inspecting 200 acres of land identified for AIIMS at Jammu, the Minister interacted with officers and informed that Union Government has approved Rs 1900 Cr for upgradation of healthcare facilities and construction of new hospitals across the State and Rs 3000 Cr for construction of two AIIMS in Kashmir and Jammu.
Lal Singh said that the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has asked the State Government to identify suitable sites for setting up of AIIMS in Jammu and Srinagar, adding that in this regard Revenue officers at both the capital cities have been directed to identify suitable land sites for construction of AIIMS.
The Minister informed that Government has also okayed the proposal for establishment of five more new medical colleges in Kashmir and Jammu. He said for this purpose, medical authorities have identified suitable land under the project, adding that the construction work on projects shall be started after completion of tendering formalities.