The confusions regarding the issuance of a Government Order (GO) concerning the setting up of cancer centre in Kochi and the appointment of Dr V P Gangadharan as the special officer for the project has ended.
Dr V P Gangadharan, special officer of the cancer project said, “I received the GO dated February 3, 2014 by post on Friday.” The delay in issuing the GO had caused several apprehensions. Health Secretary, N Elangovan claimed on Friday that government order was issued two weeks back and there was no ground for confusion. Dr Geetha, Director of Medical Education said that they have issued a combined GO. “It covers both the aspects, the setting up of a cancer centre and the appointment of a special officer for Kochi,” she said.
The government decided in principle to set up an independent cancer centre on the Kalamassery medical college premises at a high level meeting conducted at Kochi in the presence of Chief Minister on January 7. The Cabinet endorsed the decision to set up the centre at the earliest on January 8.
The GO was not issued even after one month of the cabinet decision. Similarly, the decision to appoint Dr V P Gangadharan as the special officer of the cancer project was announced by the Chief Minister Oommen Chandy during the Zero Hour of Assembly on January 28, but the GO was not issued. P Rajeeve MP had earlier pointed out that it is dubious that the government did not issue GOs, for two crucial Cabinet decisions.
The volunteers of the campaign headed by Justice V R Krishna Iyer has shot off fax message to the Chief Minister requesting his urgent intervention for obtaining central grant for the project. “If the state government puts some pressure on the Union Government we would get substantial assistance from them. Rajeeve has assured us that he will raise the issue in the Parliament,” they said.