The central government should depute a high-level committee to visit and inspect all the five places recommended by the Tamil Nadu government for the establishment of an All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in the state before taking a final decision, the Tamil Nadu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TNCCI) has said, while adding that Madurai is the best location for the hospital if judged in an “unprejudiced and impartial manner”.
President of the chamber N Jegatheesan, in a press release, said that it was “shocking” to learn from the response to an RTI query that the principal secretary of Tamil Nadu health and family welfare department in his letter dated 4th May, 2017 addressed to the Union health and family welfare ministry had requested the ministry to establish AIIMS at Sengipatti near Thanjavur. He said the chamber strongly objected to the letter as it was “biased and concealed important facts.”
The chamber said that the central government should reject this letter and take action based on its own survey. It alleged that the principal secretary, who had mentioned the existence of Government Medical College and Hospital in Madurai, failed to mention Thanjavur Government Medical college and Hospital.