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Kerala’s first woman DGP to take over Fire Department on June 01

The Kerala police is all set to get its first woman Director General (DGP). R Sreelekha (IPS:1988:KL) will assume office as the new head of the Kerala Fire and Rescue Services on June 1. Presently she is the Additional Director General of Police and heads the Prisons and Correctional Services Department. At the weekly cabinet meeting held on Wednesday, the Kerala Govt elevated Sreelekha as DGP, as two DGPs will be retiring from service on Sunday.

28 May 2020
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COVID, Kerala and international media: Heroes behind K-factor?

As of 8:00 AM on May 12, 2020, seven new coronavirus cases were reported in Kerala making the total number of active cases at 27 of the total 520 cases with 493 recovered and four dead.


Leave aside the tally in Maharashtra, Delhi, UP and Gujarat even active COVID-19 cases in Kerala’s neighboring states Tamil Nadu stands at 7204, Andhra Pradesh at 1980 and Karnataka at 848 put Kerala in altogether a different league as far as COVID management is concerned.


There are several states but only a few of them actually ‘walked the talk’ in their fight against COVID-19 pandemic. Efforts made by the Kerala Government, led by Chief Minister P Vijayan, to check the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has won accolades from across the globe. Kerala's Health Minister K K Shailaja too was applauded for sensing the pandemic well before the time.


Over 35 international media outlets including the BBC and The Guardian praised Kerala's COVID resistance so much so that it was termed as ‘The K factor in the fight against coronavirus in India’. The Washington Post has underlined that the Communist state flattened its Covid-19 curve. The MIT Technology Review made the headline ‘What the world can learn from Kerala about how to fight COVID-19’. AlterNet USA wrote ‘An often-overlooked region of India is a beacon to the world for taking on the coronavirus.'


Certainly, Kerala’s investments in education and public health pay a dividend but the encouraging figures/tallies are said to be the outcome of timely and strategic decisions and collective will-power of the state leadership, its administration, and public awareness.


Indianmandarins.com tried to explore the whole bunch of civil servants who are said to have made the mark which is being termed as a K-factor throughout the pandemic.

 

Dr Rajan Khobragade (IAS:1993), Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare; Bishwanath Sinha (IAS:1992), Principal Secretary SC/ST and LSGD (Urban); K R Jyothilal (IAS:1993) Principal Secretary, GAD/Transport; Dr K Ellangovan (IAS:1992), Principal Secretary, Industries & Commerce are among a few senior IAS officers being talked about their proactive role and administrative acumen to deal with the crisis. The state government specially roped in Bishwanath Sinha to coordinate all the activities connected with the repatriation of the residents of Kerala stranded in other states dues to lockdown. Sinha is assigned to design SOP for such repatriation as per the guidelines issued by the MHA and has been managing the arrangements of trains singularly. Further, Dr Elangowan Principal Secretary, NORKA has been handling the repatriation of Keralites stranded in foreign countries.

 

For example ‘Tiranga vehicle’ launched by Pathanamthitta DC Nooh P Bawa (IAS:2012) initially became the symbol of Kerala’s preparedness in the fight against COVID-19. Designed for rapid screening of symptoms was widely recognised for its mobility and strategic utility as it helped to reduce the risk of exposure of health workers as they go out to screen people with minimum risk of exposure.

 

Besides state’s past handling of Nipah virus cases with which only Kerala was affected, all District Collectors especially Jafar Malik (IAS:2013), Malappuram; Suhas S (IAS:2012), Ernakulam; Gopalkrishnan K (IAS:2013), Thiruvananthapuram; Dr Adeela Abdulla (IAS:2012), Wayanad. Several Sub Collectors like Dr Vinay Goyal (IAS:2016); Snehil Kumar Singh (IAS:2016), Arun K Vijayan (IAS:2016), Asif K Yusuf (IAS:2016) and several other budding civil servants are said to have been playing a crucial role on the ground. Vijay S Sakhare (IPS:1996), IG and Special Officer for, COVID-19 prevention, Kasaragod, R Mohan PS to CM, M Sivasankar (IAS:1995), Secretary to CM; Dr Navjot Khosa (IAS:2012), MD, KMSCL are among another lot of senior civil servants being seen as a factor in the K-factor.

(By Rakesh Ranjan)

12 May 2020
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Kerala’s first woman DGP to take over Fire Department on June 01

By IndianMandarins 28 May 2020

The Kerala police is all set to get its first woman Director General (DGP). R Sreelekha (IPS:1988:KL) will assume office as the new head of the Kerala Fire and Rescue Services on June 1. Presently she is the Additional Director General of Police and heads the Prisons and Correctional Services Department. At the weekly cabinet meeting held on Wednesday, the Kerala Govt elevated Sreelekha as DGP, as two DGPs will be retiring from service on Sunday.

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COVID, Kerala and international media: Heroes behind K-factor?

By Rakesh Ranjan 12 May 2020

As of 8:00 AM on May 12, 2020, seven new coronavirus cases were reported in Kerala making the total number of active cases at 27 of the total 520 cases with 493 recovered and four dead.


Leave aside the tally in Maharashtra, Delhi, UP and Gujarat even active COVID-19 cases in Kerala’s neighboring states Tamil Nadu stands at 7204, Andhra Pradesh at 1980 and Karnataka at 848 put Kerala in altogether a different league as far as COVID management is concerned.


There are several states but only a few of them actually ‘walked the talk’ in their fight against COVID-19 pandemic. Efforts made by the Kerala Government, led by Chief Minister P Vijayan, to check the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has won accolades from across the globe. Kerala's Health Minister K K Shailaja too was applauded for sensing the pandemic well before the time.


Over 35 international media outlets including the BBC and The Guardian praised Kerala's COVID resistance so much so that it was termed as ‘The K factor in the fight against coronavirus in India’. The Washington Post has underlined that the Communist state flattened its Covid-19 curve. The MIT Technology Review made the headline ‘What the world can learn from Kerala about how to fight COVID-19’. AlterNet USA wrote ‘An often-overlooked region of India is a beacon to the world for taking on the coronavirus.'


Certainly, Kerala’s investments in education and public health pay a dividend but the encouraging figures/tallies are said to be the outcome of timely and strategic decisions and collective will-power of the state leadership, its administration, and public awareness.


Indianmandarins.com tried to explore the whole bunch of civil servants who are said to have made the mark which is being termed as a K-factor throughout the pandemic.

 

Dr Rajan Khobragade (IAS:1993), Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare; Bishwanath Sinha (IAS:1992), Principal Secretary SC/ST and LSGD (Urban); K R Jyothilal (IAS:1993) Principal Secretary, GAD/Transport; Dr K Ellangovan (IAS:1992), Principal Secretary, Industries & Commerce are among a few senior IAS officers being talked about their proactive role and administrative acumen to deal with the crisis. The state government specially roped in Bishwanath Sinha to coordinate all the activities connected with the repatriation of the residents of Kerala stranded in other states dues to lockdown. Sinha is assigned to design SOP for such repatriation as per the guidelines issued by the MHA and has been managing the arrangements of trains singularly. Further, Dr Elangowan Principal Secretary, NORKA has been handling the repatriation of Keralites stranded in foreign countries.

 

For example ‘Tiranga vehicle’ launched by Pathanamthitta DC Nooh P Bawa (IAS:2012) initially became the symbol of Kerala’s preparedness in the fight against COVID-19. Designed for rapid screening of symptoms was widely recognised for its mobility and strategic utility as it helped to reduce the risk of exposure of health workers as they go out to screen people with minimum risk of exposure.

 

Besides state’s past handling of Nipah virus cases with which only Kerala was affected, all District Collectors especially Jafar Malik (IAS:2013), Malappuram; Suhas S (IAS:2012), Ernakulam; Gopalkrishnan K (IAS:2013), Thiruvananthapuram; Dr Adeela Abdulla (IAS:2012), Wayanad. Several Sub Collectors like Dr Vinay Goyal (IAS:2016); Snehil Kumar Singh (IAS:2016), Arun K Vijayan (IAS:2016), Asif K Yusuf (IAS:2016) and several other budding civil servants are said to have been playing a crucial role on the ground. Vijay S Sakhare (IPS:1996), IG and Special Officer for, COVID-19 prevention, Kasaragod, R Mohan PS to CM, M Sivasankar (IAS:1995), Secretary to CM; Dr Navjot Khosa (IAS:2012), MD, KMSCL are among another lot of senior civil servants being seen as a factor in the K-factor.

(By Rakesh Ranjan)

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Kerala cadre IAS jumps isolation to go to Kanpur

By IndianMandarins 27 Mar 2020

In the worst-affected Kerala that has over 126 tested positive so far a 2016 batch IAS officer put in isolation in Kollam after coming back from UK jumped his quarantine and headed for Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh in the middle of coronavirus pandemic. Over 126 people have tested positive in Kerala so far.

As per the Kerala government information, the Kollam Sub Collector is said to have left on for Kanpur on March 21, a few days before a three-week countrywide lockdown began to check the spread of coronavirus that has affected close to 700 people in the country. It has claimed almost a dozen lives so far.

He had returned from the UK in the first week of March. The Kollam administration put his driver, personal security guard and secretary in isolation after his disappearance came to light. His disappearance has also embarrassed the government which is hard pressed to enforce quarantine norms.

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Nair`s fondness of Odisha?

By IndianMandarins 04 Nov 2019

Rumors of Prashant Nair ( IAS:2007:KL) exploring possibilities to move to Odisha from Kerala on an inter-cadre deputation basis is doing the rounds in the corridors of power. It also remains a question whether it is his take or it`s the choice of Odisha government. It is also learnt that the Naveen Patnaik government is keen to have him on inter-cadre deputation. Nair, who is popularly also known as `Collector Bro` is presently working in the cadre state of Kerala as MD, Kerala Shipping Inland Navigation Corporation Ltd.

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Kerala ACS to appear in court in a contempt case

By IndianMandarins 19 Jul 2019

Kerala additional CS TK Jose has been directed to appear before the Kerala HC on August 20 in a contempt of court case. Jose has reportedly made some defamatory comment against the judiciary in the Panampilly Nagar commercialization case.

 

Following the publication of Jose's comments,Justice V Chitambaresh directed additional chief secretary TK Jose to appear personally before the court to explain his remarks against the Judge.

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Former CS of Kerala resigns from CMO

By IndianMandarins 13 Mar 2019

Nalini Netto, Chief Principal Secretary to Chief Minister (CM) Pinarayi Vijayan, resigned from her post on Tuesday. She is a 1981 batch IAS officer and had earlier served as Chief Secretary. After retirement, she was appointed the CM's PS.

 

Her resignation has triggered rumors about her severe differences with certain political appointees in the CM’s office.

 

However, government sources said that Ms. Netto had sought permission to resign much earlier citing personal reasons.

 

Her resignation comes close on the heels of M.V. Jayarajan quitting his post as private secretary to the Chief Minister to assume charge as district secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) in Kannur.

 

Ms. Netto, a high profile civil servant, had served as the first woman Chief Electoral Officer of Kerala. She oversaw two Legislative Assembly elections and one Lok Sabha poll.

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Kerala makes arrangement for shortage of IAS officers

By IndianMandarins 01 Feb 2019

In view of an acute shortage of IAS officers, Kerala has been constrained to give additional responsibilities to its existing officers.


The additional charge of principal secretary, forest and wildlife department has been given to planning and economic affairs principal secretary Dr. A Jayathilak.


SC/ST development department principal secretary Biswanath Sinha will hold the additional charge of general administration department. Principal secretary, higher education department, Dr. Usha Titus, will head the energy and environment departments along with her present post.


Agriculture department principal secretary Dr. Devendrakumar Singh will hold the charge of all departments which are headed at present by animal husbandry department principal secretary X Anil on his superannuation.


BS Thirumeni has been transferred from higher secondary education to general education as its director. Jalanidhi executive director K Gopalakrishnan will be the new deputy secretary of general administration (AIS) department. He will continue to hold the additional charge of Jalanidhi executive director.


The government has also decided to give the additional responsibilities of planning and economic affairs deputy secretary and Central Plan Monitoring Unit (CPMU) director to social justice department director Jaffer Malik. Pathanamthitta ADM V R Premkumar will be the new higher secondary director. He will hold the additional charge of Additional Skill Acquisition Programme.

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Departmental inquiry absolves Chaitra

By IndianMandarins 31 Jan 2019

IPS officer DCP Chaitra Teresa John, who faced a departmental probe for raiding the office of Kerala’s ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist in Thiruvananthapuram, was given a clean chit on Tuesday.

 

Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Manoj Abraham, who inquired into the matter, in a report to DGP Loknath Behra, said Chaitra had functioned within the legal framework and not committed any error. The DCP had faced the inquiry after she searched the district office of CPM on January 24 in connection with a stone-throwing case at a police station, in which youth cadres of the Left party were allegedly involved.

 

With the raid, she had invited the wrath of chief minister Pinaryi Vijayan, who slammed the move in the state assembly. He accused Chaitra of “disrupting the smooth functioning of the party office”. Soon after, a departmental inquiry was ordered.

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