8 senior secretaries to oversee management for curbing COVID-19 in Gujarat: CM

Gandhinagar

Chief Minister of the state Vijay Rupani held a meeting in the presence of Chief Principal Secretary to CM K.Kailashnathan and Chief Secretary Anil Mukim in order to chart out a plan to curb COVID-19 in the days to come.


8 senior secretaries were appointed by the CM during the meeting to oversee the entire management for curbing COVID-19 in Gujarat. These officers will suggest insights to the regional officers and district administrators across Gujarat in their fight against COVID-19.

Secretary to CM Ashwani Kumar provided the detail of the roles and responsibilities of the appointed officers which are as under:

S.No Name Designation Allotted Duty for COVID-19
1 Poonamchand Parmar ACS, Department of Agriculture, Farmer’s Welfare and Co-ooperation Treatment and protocol management with senior doctors across Gujarat regarding treatment of critically ill patients
2 Mukesh Puri ACS, Department of Urban Development and Urban Housing Development Overall supervision of healthcare treatment and other related facilities for treatment of COVID-19 SVP Hospital under AMC. Ensuring effective implementation and guidance the health care workers and all other involved.
3 A.K Rakesh, ACS, Panchayat, Rural Housing and Rural Development Supervising the work done by district administration for ensuring smooth distribution and provision of essential items for the poor, labourers and the deprived in Ahmedabad . Ensuring effective planning and implementation for the same in addition to providing necessary guidance to District Administration.
4 Dr. Vinod Rao Secretary, Primary and Secondary Education Supervising the work done by district administration for ensuring smooth distribution and provision of essential items for the poor, labourers and the deprived in Vadodara. Ensuring effective planning and implementation for the same in addition to providing necessary guidance to Vadodara Municipal Corporation and District Administration.
5 Milind Torwane Secretary,Economy Affairs, Department of Finance Co-ordination and management for health care and treatment at the dedicated COVID-19 hospital in Ahmedabad, and the one in Medicity campus in addition to other hospitals
6 Manisha Chandra Secretary, Department of Women and Child Development Work related to Surveillance and Training
7 Jenu Devan M.D, Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Limited Overseeing the work done by district administration for ensuring smooth distribution and provision of essential items for the poor, labourers and the deprived in Surat.
8 Dilip Rana Commissioner, Department of Tribal Development Co-ordination for the work at Samras Hostel (COVID-19 health care centre), Ahmedabad.

The Secretary also said that 4000 industrial units outside the limits of municipalities and municipal corporations have become operational in the state. These include 700 units in Ahmedabad, 600 in Rajkot, 150 in Surat, 750 in Kutch, 200 in Vadodara, 400 in Morbi ,  450 in Bharuch and the remaining in other parts of the state.

Further,  a sum of Rs.6.5 lakh has been deposited in the bank accounts of NFSA card holders in Dahod, Chhota Udepur, Aravalli, Mahisagar, Sabarkantha and Panchmahal through DBT. This amount is deposited as a part of the CM’s decision to deposit Rs.1000 per family to 66 lakh NFSA card holders in Gujarat for April,2020.

Providing details of essential items available in the state ,Kumar said, “46.60 lakh litres of milk has been distributed. 95,172 quintals of vegetables and 10,148 quintals of fruits are available in Gujarat.”