Central govt to bear 60% cost of setting up tertiary care cancer centres in states

The maximum permissible assistance for State Cancer Institutes (SCIs) is Rs 120 crores and for Tertiary Care Cancer Centres (TCCCs) is Rs 45 crores in different parts of the country

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New Delhi: Under the Strengthening of Tertiary Care Cancer facilities scheme under National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, CVD and Stroke (NPCDCS), financial assistance is provided for setting up of State Cancer Institutes (SCIs) and Tertiary Care Cancer Centres (TCCCs) in different parts of the country.

As per the Minister of State (Health and Family Welfare), Ms Anupriya Patel who  stated this in a written reply in the Lok Sabha, “The maximum permissible assistance for SCI is Rs 120 crores and for TCCC is Rs 45 crores, which includes State share of 40 percent, except for North-Eastern and Himalayan States where the State share is 10 percent. Assistance under this scheme is for procurement of radio therapy equipment, diagnostic equipment, surgical equipment, enhancement of indoor patient facility for cancer and such other purposes relevant for diagnosis, treatment and care of cancer. Upto 30 percent of the approved cost can be used for construction.”

The Minister while calling the health a state subject mentioned, “The Central Government supplements the efforts of the State Governments to prevent and control cancer and to provide affordable and accessible care.”

“A request was received from the Government of Maharashtra for setting up TCCC at BKL Walawalkar Hospital Diagnostic and Research Centre in Ratnagiri district,” said Ms Patel adding that under the scheme, two TCCCs were envisaged to be set up in Maharashtra and the proposals for the same have already been approved at Rashtrasant Tukdoji Regional Cancer Hospital & Research Centre, Nagpur and Vivekanand Medical Foundation & Research Centre, Latur, as per the recommendations of the State Government and first installment of the  Central share has also been released.