Tata Trust Chairman Ratan N Tata today called on Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and expressed his group's inclination towards working in health services sector in the state, especially in 'mother and child care'.
Tata Trust has special desire to work for "mother and child health" sector in different states, and this would be first begin in Rajasthan, an official spokesman said here quoting the chairman.
Raje and Tata held a special meeting at CMO (Chief Minister's Office) here, in which Rajasthan Medical and Health Minister Rajendra Rathore was also present.
Tata desired to make Rajasthan a model state in 'mother and child health' care, and later it would be adopted in other states with the governments' support and collaboration, the official quoted Tata as saying.
Apprising the Tata Trust Chairman, Raje said, "If the government and private sector jointly work in health sector then a goal related to 'millenium development' be achieved. We hope with Tata Trust the Rajasthan government could attain it very easily".
She also stressed that her government's priority was to improve medical and health care in systematic fashion so that common man should get its benefit.
Raje said the infant mortality rate in Rajasthan was still on higher side and posing challenge to the government. Reducing maternal mortality rate (specially of pregnant women) was too a big task for the government, and for it special training programme for para-medical staff was being taken up, she added.
Ashok Alexander, an official of Tata Trust, also made a presentation in which Rajasthan's top bureaucrats Rajiv Mahrishi, chief secretary, and C S Rajan, Additional CS Infrastructure were present.