Union Minister lays foundation stone for medical college in TN, talks about AIIMS

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Sunday laid foundation stone for a new government medical college which will come up on a sprawling 22-acre area at an estimated cost of Rs 325 crore in Ramanathapuram.

Speaking on the occasion, he assured that an All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) will come up in Madurai as per schedule.

He said the proposed AIIMS would have state-of-the-art infrastructure and research facilities on a par with international standards. The funds had been earmarked and the project work would be expedited by the agencies concerned, he added.

He lauded Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami, State Health Minister C. Vijayabaskar, Health Secretary Beela Rajesh and Ramanathapuram Collector K. Veera Raghava Rao for preparing the Detailed Project Report, which facilitated the speedy sanctioning of funds by the Centre.

Palaniswami on Sunday said that the State will admit 1,650 more students to its medical colleges from academic year 2021-22 in addition to 3,250 seats filled at present. He said Rs 1,200 crore has been allocated in the 2020-21 budget in this regard.

Laying the foundation stone of a proposed government medical college in Ramanathapuram, CM Palaniswami said the State government had secured permission to build 11 more medical colleges with an outlay of Rs 4,500 crore to Rs 5,000 crore. The CM thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for sanctioning the 11 new medical colleges in the State.

Reiterating that the AIADMK government would protect all people in Tamil Nadu, irrespective of caste, creed and community, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Sunday appealed to Muslims, particularly womenfolk, not to resort to agitations and urged them to carry on with their normal work.

No Muslim born in Tamil Nadu would be affected by the National Population Register (NPR), said Palaniswami on Sunday. Like a fortress, the AIADMK government would continue to protect the rights and interests of Muslims, he said.