Assam: Dedicate my last years to health, says Ratan Tata at Dibrugarh


Guwahati: Tata Group chairman Ratan Tata and PM Narendra Modi today inaugurated seven state-of-the-Art-Cancer-Centres and laid the foundation stone for seven new Cancer centres in Assam.

At the event, Ratan Tata, 84, made a rare speech, saying that he dedicates his “last years to health”. “I dedicate my last years to health. Make Assam a state that recognizes & is recognized by all,” Ratan Tata said.  

“Today is a very important day in the history of Assam,” Tata said. “It is a day that raises Assam in the standards of healthcare and treatment of cancer,” Tata added. “None of this have been taken place if this would not have been possible by efforts of the our Chief Minister and Honorable Prime Minister,” Tata said.

He added: “This Prime Minister and his government has achieved many great advances.”

On the other hand, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma expressed his gratitude to Ratan Tata and the Government of India for their contribution saying that the largest cancer care treatment will benefit Assam as well as South East Asia.

“Largest cancer care treatment to benefit Assam as well as South East Asia… This is a huge achievement for us. I am grateful to Ratan Tata, GoI for their contribution,” he said.

Earlier, a Tata Trusts spokesperson had said that three more such cancer care facilities are in an advanced stage of completion and will be opened later this year.

He said the 17 medical facilities, the “largest” network under cancer control model of Tata Trusts, will serve 50,000 people annually not only from Assam but also from neighbouring states. He unveiled a plaque in front of the centre, in the presence of Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi, Union minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

PM Modi inspected the facilities and equipment in the centre, situated on the Assam Medical College and Hospital premise here, during a brief tour.