In a major setback, the Central government has not approved the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) proposed at Hubballi Dharwad by the Karnataka State government.
The information was provided by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare as an answer to the question raised by Shri Lahar Singh Siroya (MP from Karnataka to Rajya Sabha) in Rajya Sabha.
The answer read “Proposal for setting up of AIIMS at Hubballi Dharwad region in Karnataka has been received from the State Government. The proposal has not been approved”.
On the contrary, Mansukh Mandaviya had given the green signal for establishing an All India Institute Of Medical Sciences in Karnataka, as said by then state Health Minister K Sudhakar in May 2022.
A few months back, former Chief Minister of Karnataka Basavaraj Bommai had requested PM Narendra Modi to establish the All India Institute of Medical Sciences at Hubballi Dharwad.
A central team led by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had already inspected the site suggested by the Karnataka government at Itigatti in Dharwad district to establish AIIMS.
AIIMS at Hubballi Dharwad is a long pending demand as North Karnataka lacks in good Healthcare facilities. The institute was poised to be a big boost to the healthcare system in the North Karnataka region.
All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) is a group of Autonomous government medical universities under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.
Under Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY), AIIMS are set up in different parts of the country, keeping in view the gaps in the availability of tertiary health care facilities. But, Karnataka seems to have missed the boat.