New Delhi: The union cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi has approved the taking over Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute, Guwahati by Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and bringing it under the administrative control of Tata Memorial Centre, an Aided institution of DAE.
The decision comes in the wake of the increasing instances of cancer, limited cancer treatment facilities and the need for a hospital support to carry out further research in North Eastern Region. The augmentation of additional manpower of 166 posts in medical, paramedical and support positions at the recent cabinet meet.
The approximate non-recurring expenditure for the strengthening of the institute is estimated at Rs 150 crore and annual recurring expenditure is estimated at Rs 45- 50 crore.
Borooah Cancer Institute was established in 1974 in Guwahati with the aim and objective of the investigation, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer in the North Eastern region of India by a voluntary organization.
Tata Memorial Centre to manage the administrative control of Assam’s Dr Borooah Cancer Institute.166 posts in medical, para-medical and support positions to be created.
The government of Assam took over the institute with all its assets and liabilities in 1986 and entered into a tripartite agreement with the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and North Eastern Council for the management of the Institute.
The institute is presently a 209 bedded hospital with 8 bedded ICU. Tata Memorial Hospital under DAE is a premier research institution in the field of cancer research and treatment. TMC under the aegis of DAE has been extending financial and technical support to the Institute since 1989. Chief Minister of Assam in October 2013 had proposed that DAE should take over the institute to develop it as a center for excellence for cancer treatment, education and research for the entire North East.