Our Staff Reporter MULTAN - The project to establish a 100-bed cancer ward in Nishtar Hospital has disappeared somewhere in the files because of negligence and lack of interest by the government, The Nation has learnt. The project was approved and announced by Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani about three years back during his first Multan visit after becoming premier but no progress is seen despite the lapse of over 36 months. Resultantly, the cost of the project has gone almost three times up than the actual one. Nishtar Hospital sources told this scribe that the government had so far released just Rs25 million funds for this projects which would be spent on purchase of cancer treatment equipment. The equipment purchase process would be accomplished till December 31 this year. On the other side, sources claimed that the health authorities are striving to get the budget for this project revised for fourth time. Although many buildings including the office of the Population Welfare Department were demolished for this project, it could not be materialized because of conventional red-tapism of bureaucracy. Sources disclosed that proposals regarding revision of project cost were discussed during a recent meeting of district administration. PCGA calls off strike for 10 days: The Pakistan Cotton Ginners Association (PCGA) has called off its protest drive against import of phutti from India and reluctance of Trading Corporation of Pakistan (TCP) in purchasing cotton for 10 days, declaring that the next decision would be made in upcoming meeting of the Central Executive Committee on December 20. The announcement was made by the Chairman of PCGA Aman Ullah Qureshi during a press briefing here on Saturday. He was flanked by former Chairmen Haji Muhammad Akram, Sheikh Muhammad Saeed, Suhail Mehmood Haral, Mian Fazal Elahi, and Sherbaz Khan. He demanded of the government to impose ban on import of cotton from India via Wagah border. He pointed out that about two million bales were still lying in the ginning factories and there was no justification in bringing in the cotton from outside. He told the journalists that Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani had also assured the association that the grievances of ginners would be addressed. He said that government had also asked the Trading Corporation of Pakistan (TCP) to purchase 0.2 million tonnes of sugar. Similarly TCP should purchase at least one million bales on international rates to maintain the market rates, he demanded. Giving details of schedule for protest drive, he declared that all member ginners would cease the procurement of Phutti from the growers from Dec 21st. He further said an attractive bailout package was not announced for the ginning industry.