On 13 September 2018, Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister
of Health and Family Welfare flagged off the Battery Operated Bus Services at
AIIMS, New Delhi, a CSR initiative of Independent News Services Pvt. Ltd.
(INDIA TV), says an official release.
Shri Rajat Sharma, Chairman India TV, Prof. Randeep Guleria,
Director AIIMS New Delhi, Ms. RituDhawan, Managing Director & CEO, INDIA TV
and Prof. O.P. Kharbanda, Chairman, AIIMS CSR Committee were also present at
the inauguration function. Later, Union Health Minister presided over the MoU
exchange ceremony between AIIMS, New Delhi and INDIA TV.
Speaking at the occasion, Shri Nadda stated that AIIMS
is a pioneering and unique Institute that maintains a fine balance between
quantity and quality. “Innovation for cost effective and affordable
healthcare is the need of the day. To take up all these challenge AIIMS needs
strengthening and expansion of its facilities. Which we are committed to
provide,” Shri Nadda said.
Shri Nadda further stated that under the able
leadership of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi Ji, the Health Ministry
is committed to providing the best and highest quality healthcare services to
the people of the country. He said that Ayushman Bharat - Pradhan Mantri Jan
ArogyaYojana (AB-PMJAY) is a big leap forward in Universal Health Coverage,
which will cover 10.74 crore poor and vulnerable families, which effectively
means more than 55 crore beneficiaries. He further said that the scheme will
provide secondary and tertiary care hospitalization and will be paperless and
cashless. The services will include more than 1,350 procedures covering pre and
post hospitalisation, diagnostics, medicines etc.
10 Battery operated buses were donated by INDIA TV as
part of their CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) initiative to AIIMS.
Maintenance of these 10 buses including salary of the
Drivers and other support staff for two years will be entirely borne by INDIA
TV and the same can be renewed further.
These buses will be used for intramural campus
transport of visiting Patients, Patients attendants and also for the staff
working at AIIMS. Every day around 5,000 passengers can be commuted internally
through this newly added buses fleet.
AIIMS, New Delhi formulated its CSR Policy in 2017.
Three CSR sub committees have been constituted: Research committee, Infrastructure
committee and patient care for monitoring & effective utilization of funds
received under CSR.