Uttar Pradesh Current Affairs

PM Narendra Modi lays foundation stone of AIIMS and fertiliser plant in Gorakhpur

Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of All India Institute Of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and revival of fertilizer factory plant in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh.

The fertilizer factory plant belongs to the Fertiliser Corporation India Ltd (FCIL) and was lying idle since 1990s. It would be revived through a special purpose vehicle (SPV) of public sector units (PSUs) at an estimated cost of 6,000 crore Rupees.

NTPC, Coal India Limited (CIL) and Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) have formed a joint venture in this regard. The plant is expected to offer 3,000-4,000 jobs to skilled workforce in the state and will also ensure easy availability of urea to farmers.


  • The establishment of new AIIMS in Gaurakhpur will serve the dual purpose of providing super-specialty health care to the population.
  • Besides, it will also create a large pool of doctors and health workers that can be available for primary and secondary level facilities being created under National Health Mission (NHM).
  • The hospital at AIIMS will have a capacity of 750 beds and will also include emergency or trauma and AYUSH sections.
  • The AIIMS will be set up under Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) which aims at correcting the regional imbalances in availability of affordable and reliable tertiary level healthcare in the country.
  • PMSSY also seeks to augment facilities for quality medical education in backward states.


Union Cabinet approves establishment of new AIIMS at Gorakhpur

The Union Cabinet has given its approval for establishment of new All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh.

It will be established under Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) which aims at correcting imbalances in the availability of affordable healthcare facilities in different parts of country and also augmenting facilities for quality medical education in under-served states.

Key Facts

  • The AIIMS, Gorakhpur will have a hospital with capacity of 750 beds which will include Emergency/Trauma Beds, AYUSH Beds, Super Speciality beds and Private Beds and ICU Speciality.
  • In addition, it will have an Administration Block, Auditorium, AYUSH Block, Night Shelter, residential facilities and Hostels.
  • The cost of project for establishment of the AIIMS Gorakhpur will be 1011 crore rupees. It does not include recurring costs (wages, salaries and operation & maintenance expenses).
  • AIIMS will meet its recurring expenditure from their annual budgets through Grant-in-Aid provided from Plan Budget Head of PMSSY of Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
  • The establishment of AIIMS, Gorakhpur will serve the dual purpose of providing super specialty health care to the population while creating a large pool of doctors and other health workers in this region.


  • Under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY), AIIMS have been established in Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Jodhpur, Raipur, Rishikesh and Patna.
  • The work of AIIMS at Rae Bareli is in progress. Besides, three new AIIMS in Nagpur (Maharashtra), Kalyani (West) and Mangalagiri in Guntur (Andhra Pradesh) also have been sanctioned in 2015.


CCEA approves Ghatampur Thermal Power Project in Uttar Pradesh

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has given its approval for installation of Ghatampur Thermal Power Project (GTPS) in Ghatampur, Uttar Pradesh.

The GTPC project has capacity of 1980 MW (3 X 660 MW) and would be installed through a Joint Venture (JV) Company named Neyveli Uttar Pradesh Power Limited (NUPPL).

Key Facts

  • NUPPL is formed jointly by Neyveli Lignite Corporation Limited (NLC) and Uttar Pradesh Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Limited (UPRVUNL).
  • The project will be implemented at an estimated cost of 17,237.8 crore rupees including Interest During Construction component of 3,202.42 crore rupees.
  • The commissioning of Unit I, II and III of the plant will be in 52 months, 58 months and 64 months respectively from starting date.
  • The power generated by the GTPS (about 14000 MU/annum) will mainly be supplied to Uttar Pradesh.
  • Besides, Union Ministry of Coal has already allotted Pachwara South coal block in Jharkhand State for meeting the coal requirement of the GTPS.