With the elections around the corner it comes as no surprise that the ‘ache din’ are finally arriving for the hill state Himachal Pradesh. The Dev Bhoomi has finally managed to catch PM Modi’s attention. He is all set to lay the foundation of AIIMS (All India Institute For Medical Sciences) in the city of Bilaspur in Himachal Pradesh. There are currently only seven AIIMS institutes in the country. The Bilaspur AIIMS was announced alongside AIIMS in states of Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh and Assam. He will be on a one-day visit to the state for the event on October 3rd. Sources also tell that he will be addressing a rally in order to give a boost to the BJP in the coming elections.
Other projects to be inaugurated as well :
Confirming PM’s visit, former CM Prem Kumar Dhumal said: “AIIMS will prove to be a big milestone in upgradation of health infrastructure in the hill state and provide improved health care to the people at door steps. Prime Minister may also lay the foundation stone of one or two more projects, most likely the IIM at Paonta Sahib in Sirmaur.”
Delay in the Bilaspur AIIMS foundation :
The project was announced by Arun Jaitley in the budget of 2015-2016. The current CM of the state Mr. Virbhadra Singh has accused the centre of delaying the project so that they could lay the foundation at a time frame closer to that of the elections to gain political leverage. He says that the land had been acquired way before and there was no reason to delay the process otherwise.
Importance of AIIMS Bilaspur for Himachal:
Himachal Pradesh is often regarded as the least urbanised state in the country and had little to no medical facilities compared to other states. Cases in the Kullu and Mandi districts were often referred to the Fortis hospital in Kangra or to the PGI in Chandigarh. The AIIMS in the city of Bilaspur will prove to be a saviour for those looking for immediate medical services. It will be beneficial not only to the people of Himachal but also to other northern states.