Ranchi: Jharkhand’s Health Minister Ramchandra Chandravanshi said that in the new Tata Cancer Hospital which will come up in the RINPAS premises located in Kanke 50 percent patients from Jharkhand would be provided free of cost treatment as half of the
seats in the hospital will be reserved for the patients of the state.
Replying to a query raised by JVM(P) MLA Pradeep Yadav he said that as per the agreement inked between the Tata group for lease renewal as per which the company had to pay annually Rs 25 crore for treatment of poor patients in the state the government will soon commence proceedings to collect the remaining Rs 300 crore.
Mr Yadav said that since the state government was giving 23.5 acres of land free to the company therefore 50 percent of the patients
should be treated free of cost as the people of the state will only be benefitted if they are provided free treatment and demanded that apart from the reserved seats if more patients turn up from Jharkhand than they should be treated first.The Health Minister said that the land has been provided to the company on token money of just Re 1 for a period of 30 years.
He said that apart from the BPL families the people who are covered under the government health scheme or that of the center would also be provided health care facilities. Raising the issue of lease renewal Mr Yadav pointed that as per the agreement inked in 2005 the company had to pay Rs 25 crore per year for treatment of poor which it has not given therefore the government should take the money from the company as per the deal.