Odisha appoints senior IAS officers as COVID-19 observers in charge of districts

Ahead of the arrival of about 5 lakh migrant workers stranded in different states due to lockdown imposed to contain COVID-19 pandemic, Odisha government has set up dedicated teams of bureaucrats to look after specific areas. Additional Chief Secretary P K Mohapatra has been appointed in charge of the Health and Family Welfare department, officials said.

As many as 57 IAS, IPS and IFS officers have been entrusted with specific responsibilities while all the government officials beginning from Tehsildar to DGP are engaged in the war against coronavirus. An official release said that 22 IAS officers have been given responsibilities of 30 districts while a team of 2 IAS, 3 IPS and 1 IFS officer will look after registration of the migrant workers coming from other states. The team will also monitor the call centre set up for the migrant workers, it said. P K Mohapatra, who has the vast experience in the health sector, will function as the ACS, H&FW department while the existing department secretary N B Dhal will work as usual in his position.

Mohapatra was appointed in the H&FW department to meet the requirement of massive coordination work with other states and the Centre for the return of migrant workers, students, professionals, pilgrims and patients stranded in different places across the country. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has been taking stock of the corona situation on a day-to-day basis and has directed appointment of senior IAS officers as COVID-19 observers to various districts, a statement said. State governments COVID-19 spokesperson Subroto Bagchi has said that the state will take its fight to Stage-4 against Coronavius after arrival of migrant workers.

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Lois C. Ferrara

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