Srinagar: The J&K High Court on Tuesday ordered Director SKIMS to submit a report within two weeks stating the utilisation of funds granted by Government of India for setting up State Cancer Institute.
The order was passed after the petitioner’s counsel Syed Musaib informed the court that the Government of India had released an amount of 47.25 crores as first instalment for setting up the State Cancer Institute but authorities had so far only erected an incomplete structure with no basic facilities for cancer patients.
The counsel pointed out that in the freshly constructed structure there was no space for operation theatres, no bone marrow and stem cell transplant complex, no molecular cancer diagnostic laboratory and no Board room. The counsel added that the structural design was totally flawed as noted by various oncologists pertaining to the care of cancer patients.
The counsel submitted before the court that the total amount which Government of India sanctioned was Rs 120 crore, but after receiving the first instalment in the year 2015, the authorities had utilised only Rs 7.44 crore of it. Moreover, the authorities had failed to send a utilisation certificate of Rs 47.25 crores to the Government of India for release of the second instalment.
For setting up the State Cancer Institute, the Government of India is paying 90 percent of the money and J&K Government the rest 10 percent.
The counsel for the petitioner submitted that about 50 cancer patients are waiting for surgeries but the cancer institute lacks operation theatres.
The state government’s counsel, Shah Aamir, submitted before the court that surgeries were taking place at the cancer institute and patients were being given required treatment.
A division bench of Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey and Justice Sanjeev Kumar after hearing the arguments ordered the Director SKIMS to place a report before the court with respect to utilisation of funds and status of the State Cancer Institute. The court directed the officer to submit the report within two weeks.
Earlier the court had called for a status report from authorities indicating therein the cost of construction on the new block for treatment of cancer patients, the time frame fixed for completion of construction, amount earmarked, number of operation theatres in the institute especially for surgery of cancer patients, number of therapy centres in place and number of general wards, payment wards and VIP wards in the institute.