Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who is in Mumbai, held a series of meetings with officials of Tata Group on February 17.
The CM interacted with Tata Group chairman Natarajan Chandrasekaran and other top office bearers of Tata Sons, Tata Consumers, TCS, Tata Technologies, Indian Hotel and Tata Motors at Bombay House, Mumbai.
In the meeting, the chief minister urged Tata Group to come forward for investment in Assam, especially in the health, education, green & renewable energy, tourism & hospitality sector. Sarma assured that the state government will provide all necessary support including certain policy changes and providing capital subsidy to make the state a preferred investment destination of the country.
Senior officers of the Assam government were also present during this meeting.
The chief minister also held a meeting with Tata Trust’s vice-chairman Vijay Singh, CEO Srinath Narasimhan, board of trustees of Tata Trust at Mumbai. During the meeting, the progress of construction works of State Cancer Institutes under Assam Cancer Care Foundation was reviewed.
Out of 17 cancer institutes, seven are targeted to be inaugurated in April, 2022. In the meeting, Sarma urged Tata Trust to engage a team to study the basic requirements for the establishment of the proposed South Asian Cancer Institute in Assam.
Chief minister also met Padma Bhushan Subramanian Ramadorai, former vice-chairman of Tata Consultancy Services and chairman of the Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Guwahati.
He discussed several issues with Ramadorai related to TCS, TISS, IIIT-G to bring more excellence in Assam’s education sector adopting new ideas and technology.
Chief minister also held a discussion with SRCC Children’s Hospital Facility director Rupesh R Choubey regarding strengthening paediatric healthcare facilities in Assam. Sarma invited SRCC Children’s Hospital to work together in the functioning of a new super speciality hospital in Guwahati, especially in paediatric neurology and paediatric cardiac surgery sector.
He directed MD, NHM, Assam to draft an MoU in this regard.
CM Sarma also met Anita Rajan, chief executive officer of Tata Strive, a skill development initiative of Tata Trusts at Taj Chambers. During the meeting, he sought the cooperation of Tata Strive for Project Arohan, a four years mentorship programme of the Assam government for meritorious students.
Apart from some other suggestions, Sarma also urged the CEO to add the component of soft skills development for students in the Project Arohan project.
Sarma also held a meeting with Shalini Bharat, director of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). They discussed several issues including strengthening the infrastructure and academic activities of TISS, Guwahati campus.