New Delhi: Pradeep Kumar Sinha, an IAS officer of the Uttar Pradesh cadre, was on Friday appointed the new cabinet secretary. He will succeed Ajit Seth.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the appointment of Pradeep Kumar Sinha as the next cabinet secretary with effect from June 13, 2015,” a PMO press release said.
Sources said the government appoints the cabinet secretary 15 days to one month before the date of his formal taking over and the senior official then works as officer on special duty in the cabinet secretariat.
Sinha, a 1977 batch IAS officer, was secretary, power, before his elevation as cabinet secretary.
He has served in several other ministries, including shipping and petroleum and natural gas.
Seth was appointed cabinet secretary by the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government in 2011 and was given two extensions by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government.
The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has created a record of sorts by ensuring medical screening of 4.85 crore persons in the state for COVID-19 as per Latest news on coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
‘Our medical teams have reached out to 4.85 crore people in more than 78 lakh households for medical testing for corona. Over one lakh medical teams are actively involved in screening people,” said an official spokesman.
The spokesman said that ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activist) workers have also been included in the medical teams.
‘Nigrani’ Samitis have been set up at village levels to keep an eye on the corona suspects and monitor those in quarantine centres. The Samitis keep the concerned officials informed of the developments at the village level and help in medical screening.
The Chief Minister, while addressing the meeting of Team 11 on Wednesday, said that over one lakh beds were available in COVID hospitals in level one, two and three in the state. Of these 2,000 beds are fitted with ventilators.
The medical screening of migrant workers was continuing in all the quarantine centres and all workers who were returning home, were being provided ration kits. (IANS)
Even as police are busy trying to strictly enforce the nationwide lockdown across urban areas in urban India, rural people are setting an example by not visiting each other nor organising social functions on the sly.
There is an undeclared curfew in villages. The Rural Development Ministry has already praised many villages in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Karnataka etc for setting an example in social distancing norm.
Dr Manoj Mishra, who is a mass communications expert who keeps an eye on the rural India, said that traditional craft and trades in villages are closed. People were not complaining, rather cooperating in the government endeavour to stem the coronavirus spread.
Dr Mishra, who is the head of Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at Jaunpur-based Veer Bahadur Singh Purvanchal University, said that villages didn’t feel the shortage of food since seasonal vegetables are in abundance and the rabi crop of wheat too has been harvested and stored.
He said that earlier the labourers used to charge money for their labour, but now get wheat from farmers. Also, the central and state governments have made arrangements for the poor in villages. That’s why the migrant labour wants to return to their native villages and towns since they feel there is no shortage of food there.
Dr Mishra said that villagers consumed traditional meals instead of junk food preferred by urbanites. He said that even before Prime Minister Narendra Modi advised people to drink herbal decoctions to boost their immunity, rural people had already implemented it in their lives.
He said that people were so much cautious that they had voluntarily postponed marriages in different districts of Uttar Pradesh to after June 15 despite the fact that authorities have allowed solemnisation of weddings with 20 people in attendance. (IANS)
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, on Friday, launched the ‘Pravasi Rahat Mitra’ App that is aimed at aiding migrant citizens coming to Uttar Pradesh from other states so that they can take advantage of government schemes. the app will also help to monitor their health besides providing jobs and livelihood, related to their skills.
The data collection of these migrant citizens will be done through the app that has been developed by the state revenue department in collaboration with United Nation Development Program.
According to the government spokesman, the exchange of information by various departments of the government will help in planning and formulating programs for employment and livelihood of these migrant citizens.
The app will have full details of the persons staying in the shelter center and the migrants who have reached their homes directly from other states.
The basic information of the person such as name, educational qualification, temporary and permanent address, bank account details, Corona-related screening status and experience will be taken in the app. In this, details of more than 65 types of skills will be collected.
The status of distribution of ration kits to migrant citizens will also be recorded in the app.
To ensure that there is no data duplication, the unique mobile number will be made the basis. Another feature of this app is that it can work online as well as offline.
Apart from this, data of people from rural and urban areas can also be separated in the app for effective decision making. Data collection will be done at decentralized level, such as shelter site, transit point, residence of the person.
The data collected through the app will be installed on the state-based Integrated Information Management System. (IANS)