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AIIMS Guwahati: Health minister Mandaviya unhappy at delay in various projects – ET HealthWorld

Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of Health & Family Welfare took tough stand against delay in the projects.

Mandaviya, Chaired a meeting along with Keshav Mahanta, Assam Minister for health and Prof. T. G. Sitharam, Director, IIT Guwahati.

While reviewing the project implementation in the entirety, Mandaviya has taken a tough stand on the delay caused in completion of the project. These included the major civil construction of buildings, roads, drains as well as procuring major instruments for full functioning of the institute. The timelines presented by the construction companies were not accepted since this was likely to further delay the completion of the project. The minister then suggested to have a joint meeting with all stakeholders, involve expert representatives from IIT Guwahati rather than any third party representatives and provide a roadmap within a week to the Health Ministry and come up with a concrete date on the inauguration of the AIIMS, Guwahati campus.

In a statement issued by IIT Guwahati, Mandaviya, mentioned, “The delay in completing the construction of AIIMS Guwahati is very disappointing at a time when the country is making giant strides in fighting COVID pandemic, vaccine administering and all the healthcare parameters are on upswing across the country. In order to fulfill the aspirations of the citizens of Assam and northeast region who have to travel to far off states for better medical facilities, it is necessary to complete the construction work as well procure all necessary medical equipment immediately, so that the best medical facilities is available at the doorstep.”

Mandaviya also requested Prof. T. G. Sitharam, Director, IIT Guwahati to provide all technical support immediately to AIIMS and ensure that the quality of materials used is audited, the project implementation delay is overcome and provide all other administrative support.

Mandaviya also requested the Health Minister of Assam to facilitate filling up of senior administrative positions from state cadre officials on priority to help the faster functioning of the institute recruitment.

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