DIBRUGARH, March 4 � Eminent litterateur, former president of the Asam Sahitya Sabha, ex-Rajya Sabha MP Dr Nagen Saikia has demanded that the proposed All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for Assam be set up at Dibrugarh. AIIMS was proposed recently in the Union Budget 2015.
Dr Saikia has urged upon the State government to take into consideration the feasibility and need of the region. He said that the city here has emerged as a significant hub of industry, rail, road, air and riverine communication routes and healthcare in the entire North East India after Guwahati and with the completion of the Bogibeel bridge in the near future, Dibrugarh will be the most accessible centre all economic and industrial activities in a vast region comprising Arunachal Pradesh, eastern Assam and also Nagaland.
The noted writer also suggested that the proposed institute of high stature be named after the legendary Dr John Berry White, whose visionary zeal had actually sowed the seeds for development of industry, infrastructure and modern healthcare in this part of the country. Dr Saikia further said that Assamese society as a whole has a social debt to be repaid to Dr John Berry White, whose sole purpose of life here was community development without asking for any returns.