ITANAGAR, June 18: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Monday met industrialist Ratan Naval Tata, head of Tata Trusts at Guwahati and extended his gratitude for his humanitarian gesture towards Northeast.
Tata Trusts is putting up 19 new specialty cancer centres in Assam. The move has the potential to drastically improve cancer care in Assam as well as the entire Northeast region. Khandu hoped that these cancer centres would immensely benefit the patients from Arunachal and other parts of Northeast, an official communiqué informed. During his meeting with the business tycoon, Khandu requested Tata trust to put up similar projects in Arunachal Pradesh which is recording very high rate of cancer cases.
“Our patients go all the way to Mumbai in Tata Memorial Hospitals and Cancer Research Institute to get treatment for their ailments incurring huge expenditures. If such centers come up in Arunachal, it will be of much respite to the people,” Khandu said while justifying his request.
Ratan Naval Tata agreed to set up two specialty cancer centres in Arunachal. He also agreed to visit Arunachal soon to finalize the project.
Khandu, who attended the ground breaking ceremony of cancer centres and launch of first of its kind cancer care programme in Assam being spearheaded by Government of Assam in collaboration with Tata Trusts, in his deliberation, congratulated the people of Assam for the new development.
The Chief Minister said the BJP government at the Centre and the State is focused completely towards the welfare and well being of the people.
“The massive development in last couple of years is the result of the optimistic attention of the Centre towards Northeast through Modi’s Act East Policy,” he added. Khandu also thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the National BJP president Amit Shah under whose guidance and directions, the Northeast is witnessing the light of progress in all fields, the communiqué added.