GUWAHATI: Assam health, finance and education minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday announced that the functioning of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Guwahati will start from July this year.
“Today we take pride that from July, we don’t need to visit AIIMS in Delhi. PM Modi has given us AIIMS at Changsari. The functioning of AIIMS will start from July,” Dr. Sarma said while addressing the gathering at Dhekiajuli in the Sonitpur district.
Attending the massive public meeting, prime minister Narendra Modi said, “AIIMS Guwahati will bring about a qualitative change in lives, not only of people of Assam, but the entire North East. I wonder, why previous governments never considered having an AIIMS in Guwahati.”
On the other hand, the prime minister launched the ‘Asom Mala’ programme with an aim to boost the state’s road infrastructure and contribute to the state’s economic progress and improve connectivity.
The programme is unique for its emphasis on effective maintenance through continuous field data collection and its linkage with the Road Asset Management System. PM Modi also laid the foundation stones of medical colleges and hospitals in Biswanath and Charaideo with an aim to boost Assam’s health infrastructure.
The two medical colleges and hospitals are being set up at Biswanath and Charaideo at a total estimated project cost of over Rs 1,100 crores. Each hospital will have a 500-bed capacity and 100 MBBS seat capacity.
Speaking during the event, Prime Minister Modi said, “The love of Assamese people is very deep and keeps bringing me back to Assam. The way you’ve decorated Dhekiajuli is very beautiful. I would like to pay my thanks for your efforts.”
“In 1942, Assam’s freedom fighters had given their lives for the respect of our Indian tricolor and its Independence in this region. Today, India’s bravehearts are waking up and drawing inspiration from the freedom fighters and their sacrifices,” he added.