No response from Centre

Proposal to establish Institute of Ophthalmology


Jammu, May 17: Jammu and Kashmir has received a cold shoulder from the Union government over its proposal to establish a Regional Institute of Ophthalmology (RIO) at Srinagar and two eye-banks, one each in Government Medical College Srinagar and Jammu under Jammu and Kashmir Transplantation of Human Organs Act, 1997.      
 Official sources said that the state government had moved a proposal in this regard in September 2012 but till date it has neither being approved nor returned back to the state.
They informed Greater Kashmir the project was moved on the assurances of the union government that it would provide all requisite help in ensuring establishment of the eye-banks and Ophthalmology center in the state so that the people could be benefited with the eye-transplantation techniques.
 “The Union government had assured the state government that it would fully fund the project to the tune of Rs 78 Crores, but the land was to be provided by state government” sources said adding that the state government also identified 16 Kanals of land in Dewanbagh Sringar for the purpose.
 “The project also envisaged establishment of two eye banks, which were proposed to be part of the institute, at GMC Jammu and Srinagar” sources said.
“We have not receive any response from union government till date. We can not start our work without Union government’s nod to proposal”, Minster of Health and Medical Education Taj Mohiuddin said.
He added that the state government has completed all the requisite formalities but was waiting for the union government nod and funding for the prestigious project. “We will move ahead only once we get the funds from New Delhi”, the minister said.
The proposed institute was to be established on the pattern of Dr RP Center for Ophthalmic Sciences, All India Institute Medical Sciences (AIIMS) New Delhi with state of the art patient care, scope for  human resource development  for medical education and facilities to take up  research to find solutions to eye health problems.
The total cost of the project was estimated at around Rs 78 crores including, Rs 10 crore for the establishment of two eye banks in GMC Jammu and Srinagar. Once the project is approved by Union government eye-banks will be established in Jammu and Srinagar in the first phase and the full-fledged institute will be developed in second phase, sources said.

Lastupdate on : Fri, 17 May 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 17 May 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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