The Assam government led by Himanta Biswa Sarma declared that it will confer the Assam Baibhav award, the highest civilian award of the State to industrialist Ratan Tata.
Taking to social media, Sarma announced this and wrote, "Delighted to announce that the Government of Assam has decided to confer its highest civilian award, Assam Baibhav, to @RNTata2000 Chairman, @tatatrusts for his exceptional contribution towards furthering cancer care in Assam."
It may be mentioned, this big announcement was made on the occasion of Axom Diwas which is celebrated on December 2.
Ratan Tata's Tata Trust in collaboration with the State had decided to set up19 cancer units in 2018. The objective behind the centres was to drastically improve cancer care in the entire region as well as the State. Furthermore, the special units were set up as a joint venture, with the total investment being estimated at Rs 2,200 crore. Out of the total amount, half would be contributed by the Tata group companies and the remaining amount by the state government.
Earlier in the month of September, the Assam Cabinet had decided to change the names of the State's highest civilian awards, to be given in various fields.
The name of Assam Ratna has been changed to Assam Baibhav, Assam Vibhushan is now Asom Saurav and Assam Bhusan and Assam Shree award is Asom Gaurav.