Tata Group Current Affairs - 2020

Defence Ministry signs MoU with TATA Power to modernize 37 airfields

On May 8, 2020, the Ministry of Defence signed a contract with the TATA POWER SED to modernize infrastructure of 37 airfields of Indian Air Force. The cost of the project is estimated to be around Rs 1,200 crore.

The Plan

Under Phase-1 of the Modernization of Airfield Infrastructure, the airfields of the Indian Air Force were upgraded. The contract has been signed under phase-2 of the programme. Under Phase-2, the navigational aids and infrastructure are to be upgraded.

The second phase also includes installation and commissioning of modern airfield equipment such as Cat-II Instrument Landing System and Air Field Lightning System.

The modern equipment are to be directly connected to Air Traffic Control. This will provide excellent control of airfield system.

Modernization of Airfield Infrastructure

Under the project, the first modern airfield system was set up at Bhatinda. The project was worth Rs 2,500 crores. Under Phase I, around 30 airfields were modernized. It was signed in 2011 at a total cost of Rs 1,219 crores.

The phase I was also signed with the TATA Group. Under phase I, distance measuring equipment, Automated air traffic management system, omni-directional radio range and technical air navigation were implemented.

Arogya Setu Mitr launched

Under the public-private partnership, the initiative called Arogya Setu Mitr was launched. The feature is to be available in the Arogya Setu application. It is offer free COVID-19 related consultation.


In partnership with the Tech Mahindra, Tata Group and Swasth the Arogya Setu Mitr was launched. It will offer free online consultation to COVID-19 with the data provided by the three private sector firms and government entities.

The Arogya Setu Mitr is to perform as an individual site. It cannot access data from the application Arogya Setu. It was initiated with the advice of Niti Aayog and principal and scientific advisor of the Prime Minister.

The Tata Bridigital Health has been included in the network as it offers video, audio and chat consultations to more than 100 doctors. The Tech Mahindra platform offers audio and video consultations through doctors from Nightingale and other hospitals.

Key Features

The initiative includes free tele-consultation to those who have COVID-19 like symptoms. It will also provide ancillary services at market rates. This includes home collection of samples, medicine delivery, etc.

Arogya Setu

The Arogya Setu application was launched to achieve contact tracing of COVID-19. The application helps to track people infected by the virus. It uses GPS and Bluetooth features in smart phones in order to achieve this. It was developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC).