On a day when the Union cabinet approved the setting up of an All India Institute Of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) near Changsari in Kamrup district of Assam, protesters took to the streets at Raha in Nagaon district to protest against the decision.

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The Central Assam AIIMS Demand Committee came out on the streets of Raha and blocked the National Highway 37 to protest the cabinet’s approval. The committee had called for a middle Assam bandh on Friday as well. Raha was one of the proposed sites for AIIMS in Assam.

The Union cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, gave its approval for establishment of the new AIIMS at Kamrup (North Guwahati Revenue circle). The cost of the project is Rs 1,123 crore and it will be set up under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY).

The new AIIMS will be completed in a period of 48 months from the zero date (that is the date of the approval of Union government), broadly comprising a pre-construction phase of 15 months, a construction phase of 30 months and stabilization / commissioning phase of three months.

The Institution will consist of a hospital with a capacity of 750 beds, trauma center facilities, medical college with an intake of 100 MBBS students per year, nursing college with an intake of 60 BSc (nursing) students per year, residential complexes and allied facilities / services, broadly on the pattern of AIIMS, New Delhi.

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The hospital will have 22 speciality/super-speciality departments including 16 operation theaters. It will also have an AYUSH department with 30 beds for providing treatment facilities in traditional system of medicine.

The establishment of new AIIMS will serve the dual purpose of providing super speciality health care to the population while also help create a large pool of doctors and other health workers in this region that can be available for primary and secondary level institutions / facilities being created under National Health Mission (NHM).

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