Cabinet Approves Proposal for 3 New AIIMS and Launch of Indian Skill Development Service

Anjani Chaand updated on : 08 Oct 2015

All Indian Institutes of Medical Sciences to be set up in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal

All India Institute of Medical Sciences

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday cleared a proposal to establish three new All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Nagpur (Maharashtra), Manglagiri (Andhra Pradesh) and Kalyani (West Bengal) under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojna (PMSSY). The new three institutes of excellence will be established at a total of cost of Rs4,949 crore.

The Cabinet also approved a new civil service called Indian Skill Development Service (ISDS) and in a bid to tackle the black money issue, it also approved protocols amending tax pacts with Israel and Vietnam to include effective sharing of bank information.

Each of the proposed AIIMS will have a hospital with a capacity of 960 beds. In addition, there will be a teaching block, administrative block, Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha & Homoeopathy (AYUSH) block, auditorium, nursing college, night shelter, hostel and residential facilities.

"New AIIMS will be established as institutes of national importance for providing quality medical education, nursing education and also to provide tertiary healthcare facilities to the people of these locations," Union Minister Piyush Goyal said after the Cabinet decision.

Ahead of the festive season, the Cabinet also cleared a proposal to give 78-day wages as productivity linked bonus (PLB) to over 12 lakh Railway employees for the fiscal 2014-15, the same as the last three years, despite the financial crunch.

The decision will cover 12.58 lakh non-gazetted Railway employees who could get up to Rs8,975 this month as bonus. "This year too PLB equivalent to 78 days' wages will be paid considering the good financial performance which is expected to motivate employees to work towards improving the same in future," said the statement.

The financial implication is estimated to be Rs1,030.02 crore.

"This is a continuation of our fight to curb the menace of black money and also bring back all the money that has gone out of the country through misuse of the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA)," Goyal said.

"Cabinet gave its approval for the formation of a Group 'A' service of the technical cadre of the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSD&E). This was earlier called the Directorate General of Employment & Training, Ministry of Labour Employment," said the statement.

To enhance access to irrigation facilities to the farmers, a World Bank-assisted watershed project with an outlay of over Rs2,140 crore was approved by the Centre. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by the Prime Minister Modi gave its nod to implement the World Bank-assisted National Watershed Management Project "Neeranchal" with a total outlay of Rs2,142.30 crore.

The proposed project will be implemented at the national-level as well as in Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan and Telangana, an official statement said.

The Government's share of 50 per cent will be Rs1,071.15 crore and remaining is loan component from the World Bank. "Neeranchal", Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said after the meeting, is aimed at achieving major objectives of the watershed component of the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayi Yojana (PMKSY) and for ensuring access to irrigation to every farmland (Har Khet Ko Pani) and efficient use of water (Per Drop More Crop).
Source: Pioneer

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