Chandigarh, December 12- Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Mr. J.P. Nadda today thanked the Haryana Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Lal for giving quick clearances to all kinds of formalities paving the way for setting up country’s largest “National Cancer Institute” at Badhsa in district Jhajjar.
The Union Minister was addressing the gathering after performing Bhoomi Pujan alongwith the Chief Minister for setting up this prestigious Institute at village Badhsa today. Mr Nadda said that work of this institute would be completed in 27 months with a cost of Rs.2035 crore. It would have the facility of 710 beds, staff quarters, 1080 hostel rooms, 800 units for attendants etc. He said that impact of non-communicable diseases is being increased with changes in lifestyle. Quoting an official figure, he said that there are more than 80 lakh patients of cancer in the world and 29 lakh in India.
About 11 lakh new patients of cancer are detected every year. With a view to prevent and to cure cancer, the government had decided to set up new institutes of advance research activities. He said that Central Government is also setting up a cancer institute at Kolkata at a cost of Rs 500 crore. Besides, the government has prepared scheme for setting up regional cancer institutes, 20 state cancer institutes and 50 tertiary cancer centres all over the country. In addition, process for setting up 10 new All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has been started. Our endeavor is to detect the cancer at early stage so that patients can not only be treated but they can also live a healthy life, he added. He also reminded that six AIIMS institutes were set up during the NDA government led by the then Prime Minister Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee and now we are in the process of establishing 10 more AIIMS under the leadership of Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi. Speaking on this occasion, the Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Lal said that State Government would recommend to National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) for construction of 4-lane road connectivity of Badhsa AIIMS to Delhi Airport. He also announced that adequate arrangement would be made by Public Health Engineering Department for ensuring potable water to the people of this area. Besides, stadium, long route buses would also be started from AIIMS Badhsa. The Chief Minister also urged the Union Health Minister to sanction a medical college of AIIMS for Manethi, Rewari and pace up the work to accord approval for establishment of a cardiac centre and Sports and Fitness Science Centre in AIIMS campus. He said that with a view to provide better health care facilities and to meet the requirement of doctors, the government would also open medical colleges in all 21 districts. Mr Manohar Lal said that with a view to root out the corruption from all levels of administration, the state government had launched a number of new initiatives such as e-registration, HarSamay portal, CM Window. He said that the amendments made by the State Government in Panchayati Raj Act have been upheld by the Supreme Court. This initiative of the State Government is being praised all over the country. The educated representatives of PRIs would ensure better utilization of funds meant for development, he added. Earlier, the Chief Minister inaugurated newly constructed community centre building of Bahadurgarh constructed at a cost of Rs 4 crore from the AIIMS campus. Haryana Agriculture Minister Mr O.P. Dhankar said that National Cancer Institute is an important project which would ensure better health care facilities to cancer patients. He also raised a number of demands on behalf of Badli assembly segment. Minister of State for Cooperation Mr Bikram Singh Yadav, MLA Mr. Naresh Kaushik, Chief Secretary Haryana Mr D.S. Dhesi, Union Health Secretary Mr. B.P.Sharma, Director AIIMS Dr. M.C. Misra, Additional Chief Secretary, Medical Education and Research Dr K.K. Khandelwal and other officers of Central and State Government were also present on this occasion.