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Union Cabinet has approved the continuation of the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) beyond 12th Five Year Plan to 2019-20.
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About the Scheme
The Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) is a is a central sector scheme . It aims to correct the imbalances in the availability of affordable healthcare facilities in the different parts of the country in general, and augmenting facilities for quality medical education in the under-served States in particular.
Under this scheme, new All India Institute of Medical Science are established and the government medical colleges are upgraded
The upgradation programme is carried out in selected government medical colleges (GMCs) by agencies appointed by the Government of India under the direct supervision of the central government.
setting up of new AIIMS would not only transform health education and training, but also address the shortfall of health care professionals in the region. The construction of new AIIMS is fully-funded by the central government.
Setting up new AIIMS in various states will also lead to employment generation for nearly 3,000 people in various faculty and non-faculty posts in each of the institutes.
Source-The Economic Times.