DPIIT secretary Guruprasad Mohapatra dies of Covid-related issues


Gujarat cadre IAS officer and secretary within the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Guruprasad Mohapatra, handed away on account of Covid-related issues on Saturday.

“Mohapatra was admitted to AIIMS on April 18 after he contracted the novel coronavirus. He was in the hospital for over one-and-a-half months and had recovered,” a senior official in Delhi stated.

Prior to taking on as DPIIT secretary, Mohapatra had served because the chairman of Airports Authority of India. A 1986-batch IAS officer of Gujarat, Mohapatra was one of many officers who moved to Delhi after Narendra Modi grew to become the Prime Minister.

“Saddened by the demise of Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra, DPIIT Secretary. I had worked with him extensively in Gujarat and at the Centre. He had a great understanding of administrative issues and was known for his innovative zeal. Condolences to his family and friends. Om Shanti,” PM Modi tweeted.

Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani additionally took to the microblogging website to specific condolences and stated the state has misplaced an ready officer.

A local of Bhubaneswar in Odisha, he had a grasp’s diploma in political science from the Jawaharlal Nehru University. His first massive posting in Gujarat was because the Surat municipal commissioner between 1999 and 2002. He additionally held necessary positions, together with managing director of Gujarat Alkalies and Chemicals Ltd in Vadodara, commissioner of business taxes division and the municipal commissioner of Ahmedabad.

His first project in Delhi was between 2014 and 2016 because the joint secretary of the division of commerce and trade.