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17 February 2019

Bikas Sharma

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Bhubaneswar: Adding a new dimension to cancer care for new Odisha, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik along with Chairman of Tata Trusts Ratan Tata laid foundation stone for Tata Memorial cancer hospital at Ratagarh here today morning.

The foundation stone laying ceremony took place at 11 am in Lenka Sahi village. Addressing the gathering, Naveen Patnaik said, “Many people come to CM’s grievance cell asking for cancer treatment in Mumbai. Now, we have it here in Odisha. I hope that brings you happiness. The State government is committed for cancer care treatment and has started cancer treatment chemo program at each district hospital. All centres are connected to Acharya Harihar Cancer Centre in our commitment to provide affordable cancer treatment. In the MoU with Tata Trust, 15 care centers will come up in the State. This is a stepping stone in comprehensive cancer care.”

Ratan Tata said, “Cancer is known to kill. It can grip anyone, anywhere. This step is to lay the basis for a state-of-the-art hospital and hopefully save thousand and millions of lives in the years to come. Tat Trust is committed to stand with the Odisha Government is committed to make a difference in cancer treatment across India.”

Last year on May 6, the State Government had signed an MoU with Tata Trusts, Mumbai to set up a state-of-the-art Cancer Treatment and Research Hospital in Bhubaneswar. The MoU was signed in the presence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Chairman of Tata Trusts Ratan Tata.

As part of the MoU, the Tata Trusts will set up and manage a state-of-the-art Cancer Treatment & Research Hospital in Odisha. Tata’s Cancer Care Centre at Bhubaneswar will be benchmarked to the Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai for which Odisha Government will facilitate land of around 15 Acres, free of cost.

The State Government also decided to set programme priorities through an Advisory Committee headed by the Chief Secretary. As per the MoU, the Advisory Committee will recommend a Special Programme Management Entity for executing the proposed network of cancer care facilities.

The Project Management Entity will have members both from the State Government and the Tata Trusts. A sum of Rs 800 crore has been earmarked for executing and grounding the cancer care projects under the programme over a period of next five years. The State Government’s share will be Rs 500 crore, while Tata Trusts have committed Rs 300 crore.

This apart, the Odisha Government will also fund the operational expenses of all facilities established under the programme and will support in full the free treatment of poor and needy patients.

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Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister, Odisha

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Pratap Jena, Health Minister, Odisha