The Union Cabinet approved the setting up of a branch of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Deoghar, Jharkhand.
The said AIIMS will be set up under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY).
The setting up of new AIIMS at Deoghar will serve the dual purpose of providing super specialty health care to the population while also helping to create a large pool of doctors and other health workers in this region to be available for primary and secondary-level institutions/facilities being created under the National Health Mission (NHM).
The Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) was announced in 2003 with objectives of correcting regional imbalances in the availability of affordable/ reliable tertiary healthcare services and also to augment facilities for quality medical education in the country.
It is a central sector scheme.
The scheme has two components: Setting up of new AIIMS and upgradation of government medical colleges.
Setting up of new AIIMS would not only transform health education and training but also address the shortfall of health care professionals in the region. Construction of new AIIMS is fully funded by the Central Government. The Operations & Maintenance expenses on new AIIMS are also fully borne by the Central Government.
Setting up new AIIMS in various states will lead to employment generation for nearly 3000 people in various faculty & non-faculty posts in each of the AIIMS. Further, indirect employment generation will take place due to facilities & services like the shopping centre, canteens, etc. coming in the vicinity of new AIIMS.
The upgradation programme is carried out in selected Government Medical Colleges (GMCs) by agencies appointed by the Government of India under the direct supervision of the Central Government. Post-Graduate seats and additional faculty posts as per norms will be created and filled up in these GMCs by the respective State/UT Governments.
The construction activity involved for the creation of the physical infrastructure for the various new AIIMS and Government Medical Colleges’ upgradation projects being undertaken under the scheme is also expected to generate substantial employment in the construction phase as well.