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Shirdi shrine trust to donate Rs 50 crore for hospitals

Author: Chaitanya Deshpande
Publication: The Times of India
Date: June 2, 2016
URL:   http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nashik/Shirdi-shrine-trust-to-donate-Rs-50-crore-for-hospitals/articleshow/52546817.cms

The  Shirdi Saibaba Sansthan Trust  (SSST) has decided to donate over Rs 50 crore to help hospitals across Maharashtra develop modern equipment and facilities.

Minister of state for law and judiciary Ranjit Patil has confirmed the decision of the temple, arguably the richest in the state, to donate Rs 50.2 crore to 24 district and divisional hospitals and its approval by the state government.

"A government resolution has been issued in approval of the donation from the SSST. It will benefit 24 hospitals across the state. While 24 district hospitals will get Rs 43.64 crore for development of modern facilities, health hubs in Amravati, Buldana and Washim district in the Vidarbha region will get Rs 7.20 lakh for CT Scan machines," he said.

Hospitals in Nashik, Jalgaon and the central hospital of Malegaon have been selected for the financial assistance from Nashik division. Other district hospitals scheduled to get the aid are from Sindhudurg, Chandrapur, Bhandara, Raigarh, Ahmednagar, Satara, Jalna, Hingoli, Palghar, Usmanabad, Nandurbar, Ratnagiri, Bid, Gondia, Khamgaon, Thane and Ulhasnagar.

Patil said the project will prove beneficial for the residents of tribal-dominated districts. As per the High Court's order, the SSST is being governed by a three-member management committee headed by the Principal District Judge of Ahmednagar from March 2012. Each decision related to the expenditure of the trust needs to get the approval from the governing body, as well as from the court.

The official spokesperson of the trust, Mohan Yadav, said he would be able to share district-wise details of the project once the court approves expenditure for the plan approved by the state .

"It's regular practice of the Shirdi temple to donate money for the welfare of needy. The trust recently donated Rs 1 crore each to 34 districts of Maharashtra recently to conduct Jalyukta Shivar Yojna projects. This amount was greater than any other temple trust in India," he said.

The donation will benefit 24 hospitals across the state. While 24 district hospitals will get Rs 43.64 crore for development of modern facilities, health hubs in Amravati, Buldana and Washim district in the Vidarbha region will get Rs 7.20 lakh for CT Scan machines
 
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