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    Govt forms 11 empowered Panels to push anti COVID-19 measures

    Govt forms 11 empowered Panels to push anti COVID-19 measures

    Govt forms 11 empowered Panels to push anti COVID-19 measures
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    By Rituparna Bhuyan   IST (Published)

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    The Home Ministry  on Sunday set up 11 empowered groups of officers to deal with issues and formulate comprehensive and integrated response to mitigate COVID-19 related issues.

    The Home Ministry  on Sunday set up 11 empowered groups of officers to deal with issues and formulate comprehensive and integrated response to mitigate COVID-19 related issues.
    These group of officers have been formed by invoking powers under the Disaster Management Act of 2005.
    The groups of officers  have been empowered to identify problems, and provide  solutions for time bound implementation, delineate policy, formulate plans as well as  strategies operations.
    The Department of Expenditure has issued a special notification  that will enable these groups to make and implement quick policy decisions.
    Each group of empowered officers  has senior representatives from the PMO and Cabinet Secretariat to ensure seamless coordination between government departments, which have been ordered to implement decisions made by these groups.
    Of these groups, 9 are  headed by Secretary level officers, while 2 are headed by a member of NITI Aayog and the CEO of NITI Aayog
    Here is a look of the Empowered Groups formed by the government.
    EMPOWERED GROUPS :
    Medical Emergency management
    Head: Dr V Paul, Member NITI Ayog
    Availability Of Hospitals, Isolation facilities, Disease surveillance , testing
    Head: C K Mishra , Environment Secretary
    Ensuring availability of medical equipment ,PPE, Ventilators, Procurement, Import, Distribution
    Head: P D Vaghela Secretary Department of Pharmaceuticals
    Augmenting HR and Capacity Building
    Head: Arun Panda, Secretary, MSME
    Facilitating supply chain & logistics management, availability of food and Medicines
    Head: Parameshwaran IYER, Secretary, Dept of Water Resources
    Coordinating with PVT Sector, NGOs, International Orgs, for response related activities 
    Head: Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Ayog
    Economic And Welfare Measures
    Head: Atanu Chakraborty , Secretary DEA
    Information, Communication , Public Awareness
    Head: RavI Mittal, Secretary, I & B
    Technology and Data Management: 
    Head: Ajay Sawhney, Secretary MEITY
    Public Grievances and Suggestions
    Head; Amit Khare: Secretary, HRD
    Strategic Issues related to Lockdown
    Head: A K Bhalla, Secretary Home
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