All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, will remain closed till 2:30 pm on Monday, 22 January, on account of the inauguration of the Ram temple in Ayodhya.
“The Government of India has declared Monday the 22 January, 2024 half day closing till 14.30 Hrs … as Ram Lalla Pran Pratishtha at Ayodhya will be celebrated across India. It is notified for information of all the employees that the institute will remain half day closed till 14.30 hrs on 22.01.2024 [sic],” read a circular to this effect, issued on Saturday, 20 January.
The circular, however, adds that all critical clinical services will remain functional during this period.
Several critics of Narendra Modi called out the move.
“India’s largest Govt Hospital AIIMS Delhi will remain closed till 2:30pm on Monday. There’s literally people sleeping outside in the cold at AIIMS gates waiting for an appointment. The poor & dying can wait because priority is given to Modi’s desperation for cameras & PR,” said Trinamool Congress MP Saket Gokhale.
The Union government has declared a ‘half-day’ for all Union government offices, central institutions, and central industrial establishments across the country on Monday.