Doctor’s body threatens stir if AIIMS shifted from Kashmir

Junaid Nabi Bazaz

SRINAGAR: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Saturday threatened to launch a Kashmir wide agitation against ‘any move to shift All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) from the Valley to Jammu’.
The doctor’s association led by Dr GM Mir vowed to counter any such move till the foundation stone of AIIMS was not laid in the Valley.
Jammu observed a shutdown on Friday against the establishment of AIIMS in Kashmir valley. The call was supported by many political parties including National Conference and Congress.
“Unfortunately even before the draft (of constructing AIIMS in Kashmir) could be given shape, some people started propaganda with ulterior motives to deprive people of Kashmir of this much needed facility,” DAK spokesman, Dr Mir Mushtaq told media on Saturday
In its 2015-16 budget speech, the BJP government had announced to set up an institute on the lines of AIIMS for Kashmir region. An IIM was awarded to Jammu region, which already has a health institution on the lines of AIIMS.
Mir said that advanced institutes like AIIMS was important for development of Kashmir. “Kashmir does not require bullets, bunkers, barracks and bombs but advanced institutions in education, health, and other sectors where youth will find a space to shine and compete with rest of the world,” Mir requested Prime Minister.
“Not only AIIMS but we also request you to expedite the work on already sanctioned new medical collages in the state.  We never opposed IITs or IIMs sanctioned to Jammu. We hope it will also help bridge the regions together as trans-regional hunt for better education will connect people more efficiently,” Mir said.
Mir said that some vested interests were hell bent to divide the state on regional lines and politicize the AIIMS issue. “DAK will fight all those political demagogues who want to score brownie political points,” he said.
The government on Friday, however, clarified that AIIMS would not be snatched from Kashmir region and given to Jammu.