“Center and Japan sign loan agreement for AIIMS”
A loan agreement has been signed between the Government of India and the Government of Japan for the establishment of an All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Madurai, a response to a question on the Right to Law Act revealed. information submitted by R. Pandiaraja, a social activist.
A source from the Ministry of Health confirmed The Hindu that the loan agreement was signed between the two governments for the construction of the AIIMS in Madurai during the last week of March.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for AIIMS in January 2019. There was a delay in its construction due to a delay in signing the loan agreement between the two governments. The Japan International Cooperation Agency, which will fund the project, conducted a preparatory survey in February 2020.
Earlier, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan and Deputy Secretary (AIIMS) Nilambuj Sharan communicated with Madurai Su MP. Venkatesan that the loan agreement between the two governments would be signed by the end of March.
The prime minister, who spoke during a public campaign in Madurai on April 2, said a cutting edge block for infectious diseases would be established at AIIMS.
Earlier, the Union Health Secretary had communicated to the Madurai MP that the estimated budget for the project would increase from around 1,200 crore to around 2,000 crore, due to plans to build an infectious disease block.
Mr Venkatesan said it was expected that Mr Modi would speak on the status of the agreement during his visit to Madurai on April 2, but no announcement was made. “No Cabinet approval has either been given to increase the estimated budget of AlIMS to around 2,000 crore. So how can the loan agreement be signed without Cabinet approval for the estimated budget increase? ” He asked.