With the central government setting up cancer centers in coal mining areas of Jharkhand, Chhattishgarh, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, and Maharashtra, union Coal and Power Minister Piyush Goyal sought assistance of the Tata Medical Center (TMC) in establishing the medical facilities.
Goyal said, "I invite and request Mammen Chandy (TMC Kolkata director) and other colleagues, trustees of the hospital to consider helping us in setting up these centres. I invite Chandy to partner with Coal India Limited to help set up these centers. The centers will be subsequently extended to the western parts of the country. Certainly, we are not doing any help to the people living in the mining areas, we can at least make sure we don't allow them to suffer the consequences of some of what is possible because of large scale mining in these areas."
The union minister also proposed the use of mobile mammography units for breast cancer screening in the mining areas.