After significant outbreak, State govt turns serious, appoints senior IAS officers for monitoring

RANCHI: Jharkhand witnessed its biggest single day spike and casualties since the outbreak of the virus with 1925 new infections and 17 fatalities which compels the state government to take necessary steps to restrict the surge of Covid-19 infections in the state.

The state disaster management authority of the home department has appointed 12 senior IAS officers as nodal officers of 24 districts for daily coordination and monitoring of the Covid-19 cases.

According to officials in the disaster management department, is aimed for better surveillance, monitoring and helping local district administrations to work in tandem to curb the unprecedented rise of Covid cases in the state.

As per the notification, state urban development department secretary Vinay Kumar Choubey has been made the nodal officer of Ranchi district.  While Himani Pande, officials of food and civil supplies department is tasked with taking care of East Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan. Secretary of department of planning and finance Ajoy Kumar Singh is in-charge of Dhanbad and Deoghar, secretary of commercial taxes, Vandana Dadel will take care of Koderma and Ramgarh districts.

Rural development secretary Aradhana Patnaik is tasked for Latehar and Lohardaga whereas Rahul Sharma, finance secretary will be handling Khunti and West Singhbhum. Road construction department secretary Sunil Kumar is nodal officer for Bokaro and Giridih, Puja Singhal (industries department) will handle Hazaribagh and Chatra, Rajesh Sharma (school education) Pakur and Sahebganj, AB Siddique (agriculture) Palamau and Garhwa, Praveen Toppo (labour department) Gumla and Simdega and Prashant Kumar (water resources) is the nodal officer for Jamtara, Dumka and Godda.