BHUBANESWAR: Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Sunday reiterated his intent to get all the six AIIMS institutions, including Bhubaneswar, fully operational by December 25, the birthday of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
While AIIMS, Bhubaneswar has already got its hospital functional with 200 beds and plans to add 150 more by August 15, other institutions at Bhopal, Patna, Raipur and Rishikesh are in different stages of implementation.
“I have directed officials at all the institutions to expedite work and complete their projects within December 25. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate all the AIIMS institutions on December 25 to mark the birthday of Vajpayee, who conceptualised and gave shape to the projects during his tenure,” Dr Vardhan said.
Asserting that he wanted to see AIIMS, Bhubaneswar along with the other five develop as most advanced health facilities even surpassing the original AIIMS at New Delhi, the Minister said all support would be provided to the projects.
Even as faculty shortage and problems in recruitment have emerged as major hindrances for the institutions, Dr Vardhan said steps are being taken to relax the selection process.
The recruitment drive would commence from August 1. Directors will be given more powers in the selection process to speed up the recruitment process.
AIIMS, Bhubaneswar has only 65 faculty members at its disposal against a sanctioned strength of 315.