This fund came into existence vide Government Order No: 779-GAD of 2010 dated 06.07.2010 issued under endorsement No: GAD(Adm)166/2010-V dated 06.07.2010.
Cancer continues to be a dreaded disease and it has assumed alarming proportions in the State of Jammu and Kashmir. However, if diagnosed at an early stage, cancer is treatable. Even in situation where it is not treatable, the disease can be managed to improve the quality of life of the patient.
The cancer treatment and management includes Surgery, Chemotherapy, Radio-therapy or a combination of these regimens. The treatment and management of cancer involves huge expenditures which is ordinarily beyond the means of patients who come from modest economic backgrounds. With a view to providing timely financial assistance to such patients, the Government has decided to float a Cancer Treatment and Management Fund for Poor (CTMFFP).
Source of funding
The source of funding of CTMFFP is:
i. The State Government (Finance Department) has provided a corpus of Rs. 1.00 crore.
ii. Contribution from philanthropic organizations, general public are also accepted.
iii. The Gazetted and non-Gazetted employees of the State are required to voluntarily contribute at least Rs. 240/- and Rs. 120/- per head per annum respectively. The concerned DDOs shall deduct the contribution at source. The employees may, however, choose to contribute to the fund in monthly installments of Rs. 20/- (Gazetted employees) and Rs. 10/- (non-Gazetted employees). The employees are at liberty to make contribution to the Fund beyond the prescribed limit.
iv. A separate account titled “Cancer Treatment and Management Fund for Poor (CTMFFP)” has been opened in the J&K Bank Limited, Branch Moving Civil Secretariat, Srinagar/Jammu.
Only permanent residents of the Jammu & Kashmir State whose family income from all sources does not exceed to Rs. 20,000/- per month are eligible to receive the financial assistance under this Fund.
Procedure for sanctioning the Financial Assistance
i. The amount deposited in the Fund and the interest thereon, except corpus fund, is to be utilized for providing the cash assistance for treatment of the patients suffering from cancer.
ii. The patients seeking relief under the Fund are required to submit an application on plain paper to the Deputy Commissioner concerned supported by a Medical Certificate from the Head of the Department of concerned specialty of the Institute, Medical College, Hospital where the patient is registered for treatment duly countersigned by the Director/Principal as the case may be.
iii. The medical certificate should specifically indicate the disease, the treatment required and the estimated cost thereof.
iv. The Deputy Commissioners upon receipt of the application shall get the authenticity and financial status of the patient/family verified on the proforma indicated below (Annexure ‘A’) and make a specific recommendation for sanction of financial assistance.
v. The Deputy Commissioners shall also ensure that proper/authentic medical certificate have been provided.
vi. The Deputy Commissioners shall submit the cases to the Principal Secretary to Hon’ble Chief Minister.
vii. The cases are processed in the Chief Minister’s Office and subject to the availability of the funds, the financial assistance is sanctioned with the approval of the Hon’ble Chief Minister.
viii. The financial assistance is released in the form of account payees cheque in the name of the Institute, Hospital, or Medical College where the patient is registered for treatment or has been referred for treatment by the Head of the Institute/Medical College.
ix. In case the entire financial assistance or part thereof has not been utilized by the Institute/Hospital/Medical College for the treatment/ management of the intended beneficiary on account of his/her death while undergoing treatment at such Hospital, the entire amount/ remaining financial assistance shall be released in favour of the Next of the Kin (NoK) of the deceased by such Institute/Hospital/Medical College.
x. In case there are no NoKs, the financial assistance shall be remitted back to CTMFFP by such Institute/Hospital/Medical College as the case may be.
xi. In case of emergency, the application for financial assistance may be forwarded by the Head of the Department through Head of the Hospital where the patient has been admitted for treatment. However, the income/financial status of the patient/family even in such cases will have to be obtained from the concerned Deputy Commissioners to determine the eligibility of the applicant for financial assistance from the Fund.
Quantum of Financial Assistance
Subject to the availability of funds, the quantum of financial assistance shall be worked out after taking into consideration income of the patient/family and the estimated cost for treatment/management and the maximum financial assistance shall not exceed 60% of the estimated cost of the treatment/ management.
The list of Institutes/Medical Colleges/Hospitals where such patients can register themselves for treatment is indicated below: -
1. Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Soura, Srinagar.
2. Government Medical College, Srinagar.
3. Jehlum Valley Medical College, Srinagar.
4. Government Medical College, Jammu.
5. Acharya Shri Chander College of Medical Science & Hospital, Sidhra, Jammu.
6. Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh.
7. All India Institute of Medical Science, New Delhi.
8. APPOLO Hospital, New Delhi/Hyderabad/Madras.
9. Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi.
10. Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Research Institute, New Delhi.
11. TATA Memorial, Cancer Research Institute, Mumbai.
12. Batra Hospital, New Delhi.
13. Mool Chand Charitable Hospital, Delhi.
14. Southern Railway Hospital, Parembur, Madras.
15. KEM Hospital, Mumbai.
16. Bombay Hospital, Mumbai.
17. Shri Chitra Tribvunnal Institute of Medical Technology, Trivendrum.
18. SSKM Hospital, Calcutta.
19. Kasturba Hospital, Bhopal.
20. Samaritan Hospital, Always, Kerala.
21. Jalok Hospital, Mumbai.
The SKIMS/Medical Colleges of J&K State shall setup a special cell headed by a nodal officer for the convenience of such patients.
The SKIMS/Medical Colleges of the State shall conspicuously display the list of patients at the reception in whose favour financial assistance has been sanctioned and provide necessary guidance to them.