GUWAHATI: The government of Assam has decided to honour renowned industrialist Ratan Tata with the award of 'Asom Baibhav' which is the highest civilian honour of the state.
The Award ceremony is scheduled to be held on Monday 24 January 2022 in the state capital city Guwahati.
Meanwhile, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma informed that Ratan Tata will not be able to visit Assam on Monday to receive the Award personally due to his health conditions.
However, the award will be presented to him at a meeting in Mumbai on a later date that will be soon fixed.
In view of this, the former Chairperson of Tata Sons wrote a letter to Assam CM Sarma expressing his inability to visit Assam and appreciating the decision of awarding him the Asom Baibhav 2021.
In the letter, Tata wrote that he is deeply touched by the Assam government's decision to bestow him the Asom Baibhav award for the year 2021and greatly appreciate it.
He further complimented the Assam CM regarding himself as an admirer for Sarma's personal commitment to the well-being of the Assamese people. He wrote that receiving the award from Assam CM is an exceptional honour for him.
He thanked the chief minister for understanding his inability to receive the award at the function on Monday and also thanked him for the willingness to present the award in Mumbai on a suitable date that will be fixed later.
Ratan Naval Tata is a well-known Indian Industrialist and also a philanthropist serving as the head of the Tata Group's charitable trusts.
In the year 2017, the Board of Trustees of the Tata Trust stated that Rupees 540 crore has been approved by the board for the purpose of establishing a three-level cancer care grid at different levels of state, districts and capital.
The particular project expected an investment of Rupees 1400 crore and under this initiative, a South Asian Cancer Research centre will be set up. The South Asian Cancer Research centre will be aiming to undertake studies on identifying the reasons and developing curing protocols with the main focus on South Asia.