Five ‘empowered groups’ formed in Delhi to monitor Covid-19


The Delhi government has intensified its efforts to check the menace of corona pandemic in the national capital. The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has formed five empowered groups comprising of senior bureaucrats, doctors and experts from various fields.

The groups will do emergency planning, strengthen hospital infrastructure, buy medical equipment, augment human resources in health care, ensure essential and medical supplies, and ease the distress caused by lock down and social distancing.

First group is an eight-member team led by senior IAS and South Delhi Municipal Corporation chief Gyanesh Bharti (IAS:1998:AGMUT). Other members of this group include Padmini Singla (IAS:2002:AGMUT)-principal secretary health and family welfare and Dr Nutan Mundeja, the director-general of health services.

The second team is headed by Ankita Mishra Bundela (IAS:2001:AGMUT) with K K Dahiya, Yogita Munjal, and Pankaj Kumar being members.

The third team, led by Vivek Pandey (IAS:2003:AGMUT), will coordinate with other organizations and institutions to provide quick response.

Praveen Kumar is heading the fourth team with the help of Shamim Akhtar, which will look after people’s awakening and data management.

Additional chief secretary Satya Gopal (IAS:1988:AGMUT) heads the fifth team that will monitor the implementation of lock down related schemes, with Ravi Dhawan (IAS:2011:AGMUT) and Anand Tiwari (DANIPS:1995) being other members. Every team has at least one outside expert.

According to government officials, a numbers of teams are engaged in various activities like containment, surveillance, contact tracing, treatment, and checking medical and essential stocks.

The newly formed groups will constantly monitor all these activities.They will identify problem areas and try and provide effective solutions.