Cabinet approves creation of director’s post in six AIIMS branches

New Delhi: After going through delays and a fair share of controversies, the Assam branch of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has been allotted a director’s position. The Cabinet, led by PM Narendra Modi, reportedly approved the creation of a director’s post in six branches of the prestigious institution, including the one being set up in Assam, with a starting salary of more than Rs 2 lakh.

The six posts are to be created in the branches of AIIMS at Raebareli and Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh, Bathinda in Punjab, Guwahati in Assam, Bilaspur in Himachal Pradesh and Deogha in Jharkhand.

As per an official statement, the cabinet approved the creation of the post with “a basic pay of Rs 2,25,000 (fixed) plus NPA but not exceeding Rs 2,37,500”. The statement reportedly outlined the functions of the director, with the director being the chief executive officer of the institute and in-charge of its overall administration. The person will allocate duties to officers and employees of the institute.

A lot of controversy and uproar followed the selection of the site for construction of AIIMS in Assam. While Changsari was selected by the authorities concerned as the site suitable for the hospital and research institute, some people were of the opinion that it should be constructed at Raha in Nagaon. However, Changsari was ultimately finalised by the state government as the location to set up AIIMS in Assam.

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