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PM Modi Lays Foundation For AIIMS In Tamil Nadu Also Unveils Medical Colleges

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| January 27 , 2019 , 15:31 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the All India Institute of Medical Sciences at Thoppur at a cost of Rs 1,264 crore, on Sunday.

PM Modi also inaugurated 12 passport seva kendras in Tamil Nadu.

Speaking at the function, Prime Minister Modi said that "AIIMS in New Delhi is known for its excellent medical care, and now this brand of healthcare has now reached all four corners of the country."

“With AIIMS in Madurai, we can say that this brand of healthcare has been taken to all corners of the country from Kanyakumari to Kashmir to Madurai and from Guwahati to Gujarat,” he added.

He further said, "I am happy to learn that the state govt is upscaling its TB-free Chennai initiative and seeking to eliminate TB in the state by 2023 itself. I compliment the state for its commitment towards the implementation of all aspects of the Revised National TB control programme."

Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami thanked the Prime Minister for providing the AIIMS facility to Tamil Nadu and urged upon the Centre to set up a medical college at the backward Ramanathapuram district.

He also unveiled super speciality blocks at state-run medical colleges in Madurai, Thanjavur and Tirunelveli through video conference facility.

These blocks would have high-tech diagnostic equipment and facilities including Cath lab. The proposed 750-bed modern AIIMS, on its completion, will also offer 100 MBBS seats.

Deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam said AIIMS here would greatly benefit the people of southern backward districts of Tamil Nadu adding all necessary infrastructure will be developed in the region. The Madurai AIIMS was given union cabinet approval in December 2018.

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Palaniswami had assured the state's full support to facilitate early commencement and completion of the project for realising late chief minister J Jayalalithaa's dream.

The AIIMS was sanctioned upon the request of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa when the Centre announced in its 2014-15 budget that new AIIMS would be set up in various parts of the country