Volunteers of the Justice Krishna Iyer’s movement for Kochi cancer centre, who met Defence Minister A K Antony on Saturday, said the latter has offered every kind of help to turn the proposal for the cancer centre into a reality. K R Vishwambharan, former Collector and a volunteer of the movement, said Antony has offered every possible assistance from the Centre, provided the state government furnishes every detail regarding the cancer centre project to the Union Government. “ In fact, the Minister was of the opinion that the state government has already been late in submitting the Centre with the prerequisite documents required to fetch the Central assistance. When we sought the Centre’s aid, he noted that it will be a difficult task to include it in this year’s budget. It has its own limitations,” Vishwambharan said. The Minister expressed his happiness over the appointment of Dr V P Gangadharan as the special officer for the cancer centre project, he added. “Last time when we met Union Minister Vayalar Ravi, he too repeated that the Centre can take steps only if the state government submits the detailed project report (DPR). Union Minister K V Thomas also backed this opinion,” Sanil Kumar, another volunteer, said. The government is yet to issue an order in this regard.
“The general election is round the corner and we have little time left. The government is still keeping mum regarding the appointment of a competitive agency such as HSSC Ltd to prepare the DPR,” they said.