June 21, 2014 | By Parmjeet Singh
Jaladhar, Punjab (June 21, 2014): According to media reports Punjab got two major promises from the central government on Thursday — an All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Jalandhar, and a ‘smart city’ development plan for Amritsar and its satellite towns.
The AIIMS assurance came from Health Minister of India Dr. Harsh Vardhan when Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal called on him in Delhi.
According to Hindustan Times (HT), Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal told Dr. Harsh Vardhan that the state government would provide 200 acres of land free of cost to the Centre for the institute, according to a press release issued here.
In a similar meeting, India’s Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu reportedly assured Punjab CM of including the historic city of Amritsar in the Centre’s smart city project for holistic development.
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