New Delhi: Concerned over the growing
incidence of cancer, Government plans to go in for a scheme
under which 100 patients in each district would be provided
Rs one lakh for treatment, the Lok Sabha was informed today.
Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said that at present the
scheme was being run on a pilot basis in 100 districts in 21
states and it would be extended to all districts in a year or
Responding to Jai Prakash Agarwal (Cong) during the Zero
Hour, the Minister said the way incidence of cancer and
diabetes was increasing, the country will soon be having the
largest number of persons suffering from the diseases.
Agarwal wanted that the funds available to MPs under
MPLADS should be allowed to be made available to institutes
like AIIMS and Tata Hospital for the treatment of cancer
He said such help was needed as families of cancer
patients become bankrupt while providing the costly medical
services. He was supported by Dara Singh Chauhan (BSP) and
Sanjiv Naik (NCP).
The Minister said that government would bear all the cost
of treatment of cancer patients who live below poverty line
and have BPL cards.