BHOPAL: Many bureaucrats—together with those of the medical and health departments—have swung into action to arrest the spread of coronavirus. The officials have been allotted different departments connected with Covid-19 so that there is no pressure only on one person.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and chief secretary Iqbal Singh Bains have connected the officers of various departments with additional chief secretary of the health and medical education department Mohd Suleman and health commissioner Akash Tripathi. They are looking after different work. These officers are doing the corona-related work, as well as the job of their respective departments.
Additional chief secretary of the public health engineering department Malay Shrivastava has been asked to deal with oxygen-related issues. He is dealing with purchase and distribution of oxygen. A team, comprising secretary of MSME Vivek Porwal and drug controller P Narhari, is working under Shrivastava. Director of the state education centre Dhanraju is also assisting them.
Principal secretary of industries Sanjay Shukla has been given the responsibility of looking after the temporary hospital in Bina. Apart from that, he has been asked to ensure that oxygen plants are set up in Madhya Pradesh.
Similarly, principal secretary of the public works department Neeraj Mandloi has been asked to oversee the construction of Corona Care Centres and temporary hospitals.
Additional chief secretary SS Mishra has been looking after the arrangements for transporting oxygen.
Principal secretary of the school education department Rashmi Arun Shami has been asked to ensure that all patients kept in the Corona Care Centres take part in yogic exercises and other activities.
As soon as the second wave of Covid-19 began to spread its tentacles, Chouhan gave the responsibility of the corona-hit districts to the IAS officers posted in the state capital. The chief minister takes feedback on the corona-hit districts from them.
At present, the government is not doing anything other than corona-related work. So, the chief minister wants that every IAS officer should be engaged in it.