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Himachal Pradesh CM Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu Pioneers AI Integration in State’s Health Services

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu has announced the state’s commitment to harnessing modern technology and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to fortify health services. Sukhu revealed that the government is considering the establishment of an AI ministry, making Himachal Pradesh the first state in India to embark on such an ambitious initiative.

During a meeting of the health department in Shimla on Monday, CM Sukhu emphasized the state government’s extensive efforts to integrate AI across various sectors. He disclosed plans for the establishment of a National Cancer Centre in Hamirpur, aiming to utilize AI in diagnostics, surgery, radiotherapy, medical oncology, palliative care, preventive oncology, and molecular oncology. The ambitious project will also feature a world-class diagnostic lab equipped with cutting-edge technology.

CM Sukhu has urged Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandavia to prioritize the establishment of a State Cancer Institute at Dr Radhakrishnan Government Medical College, Hamirpur, under the National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, CBD, and Strokes. Additionally, he has sought support for the creation of a Super Specialty Block at the same medical college.

In a move towards efficient governance, CM Sukhu recently launched the country’s first Report Management Portal (RMP) and Meeting Management Portal (MMP). These portals aim to streamline communication, decision-making processes, and data management within the government, providing real-time data access, SMS and email capabilities, and automatic reminders.

However, amidst these technological advancements, Sukhu has accused the previous Jairam Thakur-led BJP government of financial mismanagement, alleging a ruinous impact on the state’s financial health. Distributing Rs. 9.88 crore as the first installment for the rehabilitation of disaster-affected families, Sukhu criticized the BJP government’s ‘double engine government’ slogan and claimed a substantial loan of 14 thousand crores in the fiscal year 2022-2023. He highlighted the state’s challenging financial position, marked by expenses surpassing income and a depleted treasury, while also pointing out alleged irregularities during the BJP’s rule, including the sale of competitive exam papers.

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