In addition to the eight IAS officers who were handed special duties to control the spread of COVID-19 in Gujarat on April 20, the state government on Tuesday appointed seven more bureaucrats for combating the pandemic in Bhavnagar, Patan, Anand, Bharuch, Panchmahal, Aravalli and Banaskantha districts. The total number of such IAS officers appointed by the Gujarat government has reached 15, as per an official release.
AM Solanki, managing director of Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation (GDMC), has been given the responsibility of Banaskantha district in North Gujarat; Sonal Mishra, Secretary (Narmada), has been given the additional charge of Bhavnagar district; Mamata Varma, Secretary (Tourism), will handle Patan; Shahmeena Hussain, Managing Director of Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL) will handle Bharuch; Transport Commissioner Rajesh Manjhu has been given the responsibility of Panchmahal district; Roopwant Singh, Secretary (Expenditure), Finance Department, has been given the charge of Aravalli district and Sandip Singh, Secretary (Cottage Industries) has been given the charge of Anand district. These officials will monitor both the steps taken to control the spread of COVID-19 and the treatment being provided to those infected.
On April 20, eight senior IAS officers were given the same responsibilities for the districts of Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Surat.
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