Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD: A proposal for an additional grant of Rs. 3.5 crores for purchasing two tele-cobalt units has been considered by Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy and the budget allocation is awaited, according to MNJ Institute of Oncology and Regional Cancer Centre Director B. N. Rao.

Speaking to presspersons here on Wednesday, Dr. Rao said another proposal for additional grant of Rs. 7 crores was submitted to the Union Government for establishment of second linear accelerator and a dedicated 3D-TPS. While Tobacco Cessation Centre was established under WHO project, efforts were on to establish a department of molecular oncology at the institute. A grant of Rs.8 crores was sanctioned for construction of Golden Jubilee Block and the funds were awaited.

The institute had also approached the Union Government for one time special grant of Rs.15 crores to purchase new equipment and the State Government was also approached for a special matching grant of Rs. 3 crores to provide necessary and essential infrastructure for the development of the institute, Dr. Rao said