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AIIMS, the biggest miss in Union Budget for Kerala

Kerala’s long-standing demand for an AIIMS has once again been shattered in the Union Budget 2017.

Published: 02nd February 2017 06:24 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd February 2017 06:24 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala’s long-standing demand for an AIIMS has once again been shattered in the Union Budget 2017.

While Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley allotted AIIMS centre in Jharkhand and Gujarat, Kerala was once again left out.

Stating that the Centre has neglected the state in terms of AIIMS, Health Minister K K Shylaja said the Centre was politically biased in not allowing AIIMS in Kerala.

Despite allotting two AIIMS centres each for Jharkhand and Gujarat, the centre had neglected the state, she said.  Moreover, such centres had been allotted in 17 other states at various times, she said.  The state government had several times approached the Centre raising the demand, she added.

Though the Centre had promised that AIIMS centre would be allotted, it had backtracked from its promise, she alleged. After the LDF came to power, the Chief Minister had met the Prime Minister and the Health Minister twice in this regard. The state had also intimated the Centre after identifying the land for the purpose, she said.

The Union Health Ministry had written a letter to the state in December 2016 that approval will not be given immediately to start AIIMS owing to the state’s delay in identifying the land. 

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