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The Assam government conferred the state’s highest civilian award, Asom Baibhav, to Ratan Tata, chairman of Tata Sons, on Monday, January 24, in Guwahati. The Assam government conferred this award for his contribution to the state in setting up cancer treatment facilities.
Assam governor Professor Jagdish Mukhi was supposed to confer the award, but Ratan Tata was not able to attend the event personally due to COVID-19. He thanked the Assam government for the award and for the government’s willingness to present it to me at a later date in Mumbai. Tata said he has been an admirer of Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma’s personal commitment to the wellbeing of the Assamese people and called it an exceptional honor to receive the award from the chief minister. Along with the Asom Baibhav award, the Assam Saurav and the Assam Gaurav awardees were also honored.
Assam Vaibhav Award
The Assam Vaibhav Award carries a cash prize of ₹5 lakh (US$6,600) and the recipient can avail medical treatment throughout his life at government expense. The obverse of the award is an image of the Jaapi along with the words “Assam Baibhav”, inscribed in Assamese script, on a Hollong tree leaf. The awards are usually announced on the occasion of Asom Divas or Assam Day.
Assam Cancer Care Foundation
In 2017, the Board of Trustees of Tata Trust had informed that it had approved Rs 540 Crore for setting up a 3-level cancer care grid at state, capital and district levels. The project planned an investment of Rs 1400 crore. Under the project, a South Asian Cancer Research center is also proposed to be set up, to undertake research on identifying reasons and develop treatment protocols with a focus on South Asia. Assam Cancer Care Foundation, the cancer hospital in Assam, was conceptualized by Tata Trusts and the Government of Assam to create patient-centric cancer institutions to deliver standardized and affordable health care to the patients. This initiative is expected to benefit 50% of cancer patients in Assam. Currently there is one apex hospital which handles a cancer patient’s journey but plans are on to set up smaller centers in different regions, which will be interlinked with the apex centers, to shift load away from apex hospitals. The idea behind the hospital was to ensure that no patient has to travel more than a few hours for accessing full suite of cancer treatment within the public system so that care is affordable.
Ratan Tata, Asom Baibhav Awardee
Ratan Naval Tata is an Indian industrialist, philanthropist, and a former chairman of Tata Sons. He was also chairman of Tata Group, from 1990 to 2012, and an interim chairman, from October 2016 through February 2017, and continues to head its charitable trusts. He is a highly respected industrialist in the world. The Indian government has honored him with two of the highest civilian awards of India, the Padma Vibhushan in 2008 and Padma Bhushan in 2000. He is also a supporter of education, medicine and rural development, and considered a leading philanthropist in India.
Quiz on Ratan Tata
The Tata Trust was formed in the year ____________.
Ans: (b) 1892
When was Ratan Tata appointed as the chairman of Tata group?
Ans: (a) 1991
Which of the following does not belong to the Tata group?
Ans: (b) Pantaloon
When was Ratan Tata born?
(a) November 30, 1938
(b) December 25, 1935
(c) December 28, 1937
(d) September 13, 1932
Ans: (c) December 28, 1937
Ratan Tata completed his Advance Management Program from ____________.
(a) Harvard Business School
(b) Middlesex University
(c) London School of Economics
(d) Luton University
Ans: (a) Harvard Business School
The government of France awarded Ratan Tata with ____________.
(a) Grand Officer
(b) Commander of Legion of Honor
(c) Honorary Knight
(d) Honorary Doctorate
Ans: (b) Commander of Legion of Honor
_______________ was the father of Ratan Tata.
(a) J.R.D Tata
(b) Noel Tata
(c) Naval Tata
(d) Navajbai Tata
Ans: (c) Naval Tata