J&K Has Embarked On New Journey Of Development: LG

Apollo To Set Up Multi-Specialty Hospital In Jammu, Pact Signed

Jammu- The Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha said on Tuesday that his administration has embarked on a new journey of development & socio-economic growth, which will take the Union Territory to levels never seen before.

“With greater industry engagement & greater investment, J&K will grow from strength to strength in the years to come,” Sinha said, as per an official spokesperson on Tuesday.

He made these comments after the J&K government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the world renowned healthcare company Apollo Hospitals for the establishment of a multi-specialty hospital in Jammu.

The MoU was signed between Ranjan Prakash Thakur, Principal Secretary to J&K Government, Industries & Commerce Department and Dr. Preetha Reddy, Executive Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd, here at the Civil Secretariat.

“We have embarked on a new journey of development & socio-economic growth, which will take J&K UT to levels never seen before,” the LG added.

Terming the latest MoU as another major milestone, the LG as per the official spokesperson said that J&K is the only UT/State in the country with universal health insurance coverage for up to Rs. 5 lakh per family. The government, he said, also has an extensive budget for the health sector.

“Besides, providing best healthcare facilities, the venture will bring huge direct and indirect employment opportunities for the locals,” Sinha said, adding “More healthcare projects and MoUs are in the pipeline to ensure best healthcare within the reach of every citizen of the UT,”

In the first phase, the official spokesperson said that Apollo Hospitals will set up a 250-bed hospital in the region. Well-known for clinical excellence, he said, Apollo has a robust presence across the healthcare ecosystem, providing high-quality, patient-focused medical care.

According to the official spokesperson, Dr. Preetha Reddy, Executive Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited shared the vision of the Apollo hospitals to establish state-of-the-art health facilities in the UT.

“We understand that the health sector creates vast job opportunities and this project will also generate more than 1000 direct employment. That is the responsibility which all of us collectively have set forth to discharge. Apart from this, it will also become the training centre not only for doctors, but also for the nurses, paramedics, technicians, and allied healthcare workers,” Dr. Reddy said.

“Tomorrow when J&K would become a hub for healthcare tourism, people from rest of the world can also be treated here. In a way, this project will help us heal the world,” she added.

She further said that Apollo is committed to bring specialists in various healthcare sectors on board. She said trained health personnel are required to efficiently look after the people in need of medical attention.

“We are happy to bring good standard of training, learning and skilling in the health sector to J&K. This is a very progressive step. We are thankful to Lt Governor for giving us this opportunity. I believe that it’s a giant leap of faith but it is a project which will put us on the global map,” Dr. Reddy added.

Pertinently, the MoU between the J&K administration and Apollo comes a day after the LG led dispensation signed 39 MoUs worth nearly Rs 19,000 crore for the development of housing, hotel and commercial projects in the Union Territory.

The agreements were signed at J&K’s first Real Estate Summit in Jammu termed by LG as “historic” and a major step towards transformation of the UT. However, most of the mainstream parities slammed the move alleging that Jammu and Kashmir was being put on sale to “change its demography”.

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