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AIIMS and tertiary care facilities to be set up in Gujarat

New Delhi:  Gujarat Chief Minister Smt. Anandiben Patel today held meetings with Union Ministers Shri Suresh Prabhu, Shri J P Nadda and Shri Ananth Kumar here and discussed issues pertaining to railways, health and chemicals & Fertilizers of the State pending with respective ministries. During her meeting with Union Railways Minister Shri Suresh Prabhu, Gujarat Chief Minister Smt Anandiben Patel discussed the progress on Ahmedabad metro project. She also demanded upgradation of existing Sabarmati and Surat Railway Stations, time and again requested by the Government of Gujarat. The Union Railway Minister expressed confidence that Ministry of Railways may sign MoUs with Government of Gujarat during the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2015 scheduled for January 11-13 next month, to develop Sabarmati and Surat railway stations. Smt Patel also raised the issue of 38 permissions pending with Railways at zonal and divisional levels for canal crossings under the Sardar Sarovar Canal project. Union Railway Minister assured the Gujarat CM all assistance on the issue and also suggested forming a joint task force to look into early solution. The Gujarat Chief Minister further requested the MoR to reopen cancelled rack points in order to address the difficulties faced by Gujarat for supply and availability of fertilizers. Smt Patel met Union Health & family Welfare Minister Shri J P Nadda and requested for extending the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) to five districts- Palanpur, Amreli, Vyara, Nadiad and Godhra  in Gujarat and upgrade civil hospitals to medical bodies in the districts. The Gujarat Chief Minister also mentioned that Gujarat is very keen to have one AIIMS-type institution in the state and alternative locations have already been identified in Vadodara and Rajkot districts. She urged the Union Health Minister to recognize Gujarat Government-run Sickle Cell Anaemia Control Programme at a national level and provide more funds to the scheme. She demanded that specialized cancer treatment facilities should be developed at Rajkot and Bharuch districts for welfare of cancer patients. Smt Patel proposed that 100 seats for MBBS course in Surat and 70 seats in Vadodara should be approved by the Union Ministry. She also proposed an ESI medical college in Gujarat with the assistance of GoI. Union Health Minister Shri J P Nadda assured Gujarat CM that the ministry will soon chalk out a comprehensive strategy on sickle-cell anaemia for Gujarat and Maharashtra both. Smt Patel met Union Minister for Chemicals & Fertilisers Shri Ananth Kumar and requested to enhance supply of indigenous urea and for imported urea the state may be given more rack points. The Union Minister proposed to set up a vocational training centre in south Gujarat to impart training on plastic engineering and technology to tribal students with 100 percent employment assistance. Shri Ananth Kumar requested the Gujarat CM to provide adequate land and logistics support for the training institute. The Union Minister further proposed  setting up petro-chemical and petroleum investment regions in Dahej in Gujarat. Senior officials from Gujarat Government Shri K Kailashnathan, Bharat Lal and Ajay Bhadoo also accompanied the Gujarat Chief Minister during her meetings with the Union Ministers.

About Sanjay Trivedi

Sanjay Trivedi is honorary editor of Asia Times. He is senior Indian Journalist having vast experience of 25 years. He worked in Janmabhoomi, Vyapar, Divya Bhaskar etc. newspapers and TV9 Channel as well as www.news4education.com. He is serving as Media Officer in Gujarat Technological University, the university which controlling 440 colleges of Engineering, Management, Pharmacy & Architecture colleges in Gujarat.

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