Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma has assured the Tata Group that it will provide all necessary support including certain policy changes, providing capital subsidy, etc., to make the state a preferred investment destination of the country.

Sarma was is Mumbai on Thursday, where he held a series of meetings with officials of the Tata Group.

Dr. Sarma 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, this afternoon. 

In the meeting, the chief minister urged the Tata Group to come forward for investment in Assam, especially in health, education, green & renewable energy, tourism & hospitality sector. 

Dr. Sarma assured that the state government will provide all necessary support including certain policy changes, providing capital subsidy, etc., to make the state a preferred investment destination of the country. 

Senior officers of Government of Assam were also present during this meeting.

The Assam 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 today.

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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, the CM urged Tata Trust to engage a team to study the basic requirements for establishment of the proposed South Asian Cancer Institute in Assam. He also met Padma Bhushan Subramanian Ramadorai, former vice-chairman of Tata Consultancy Services, and Chairman, Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Guwahati.

He discussed several issues with Ramadorai related to TCS, TISS, IIIT-G, etc., to bring more excellence in Assam’s education sector adopting new ideas and technology.

Besides, the chief minister met SRCC Children’s Hospital Facility Director Rupesh R Choubey regarding strengthening paediatric healthcare facilities in Assam. The CM invited the hospital to work together in functioning of new super speciality hospital in Guwahati, especially in paediatric neurology and paediatric cardiac surgery sector.

The CM also held separate meetings with Anita Rajan, CEO of Tata STRIVE, a skill development initiative of Tata Trusts, and Dr. Shalini Bharat, Director of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). Earlier in the day, Sarma held a virtual meeting with Padmashree Dr. Milind V. Kirtane, a renowned ENT specialist of the country regarding strengthening the ENT treatment facilities in Assam.

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Meanwhile, the CM took part in an interactive roundtable session with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) where he requested the  industrialists to consider Assam as their preferred investment destination and to take the advantage of customisable industrial policy of the state. 

Several leading industrialists, including FICCI president Sanjiv Mehta, vice president Anish Shah (MD-CEO, Mahindra and Mahindra); Country Manager and VP of Google India Sanjay Gupta; CEO of JK Enterprises Anant Singhania; CEO, Diageo India Prathmesh Mishra; President, Saraf Hotel Enterprises Amit Saraf; Chairman, SatyaGiri Group Dinesh Joshi took part in the discussion.

The session was moderated by Ranjit Barthakur, Chair, FICCI North-East Advisory Council. Several senior state government officials were also present.

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