Battle against COVID-19: Odisha govt appoints 22 observers for districts

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government today appointed 22 senior IAS officers as COVID-19 observers to various districts.

The observers will review the preparedness at the district level and coordinate various other COVID-19 related activities. Worth mentioning a large number people of Odisha residing outside the State are expected to return after the lockdown restrictions are lifted.

In a statement, the government said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has been taking stock of the COVID-19 situation on a day-to-day basis and has directed the appointment of the observers.

The COVID19 observers are as follows:

Anu Garg, and N.Tirumala Nayak, – – Bhubaneswar City

Madhu Sudan Padhi and Ratnakar Rout — Balasore and Bhadrak

Saurabh Garg and Susanta Mohapatra — Cuttack City and Cuttack Rural,

Surendra Kumar and Srikant Prusty —- Mayurbhanj and Keonjhar

G.Mathivathanan and Krishan Kumar — Ganjam and Gajapati

Hemant Sharma and Suresh Chandra Dalai — Jajpur, Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara

Bishnupada Sethi and Gopabandhu Satpathy — Angul, Deogarh and Dhenkanal

Sushil Kumar Lohani and Benudhar Behera — Bolangir, Bargarh and Nuapada

Saswata Mishra and Bishnu Prasad Mishra — Kalahandi, Kandhamal and Boudh

V.V. Yadav and Rashid Khan — Koraput, Malkangiri, Rayagada and Nabarangpur

Anil Kumar Samal — Nayagarh, Puri, Cuttack Rural, Khordha Rural

Niranjan Sahu — Sambalpur, Sonepur, Jharsuguda, Sundargarh

This apart, the Odisha Government posted Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra as Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Family Welfare. He will be in additional charge of Revenue and Disaster Management Department.

Nikunj Kumar Dhal, will continue to be the Principal Secretary of Health and Family Welfare Department.

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