Guruprasad Mohapatra, a Gujarat cadre IAS officer and secretary in the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), died in New Delhi on Saturday as a result of Covid-19-related complications. He was 59 years old at the time.
“Mohapatra was admitted to AIIMS on April 18 after he was infected with Covid. He was in the hospital for over one-and-a-half months and had recovered from Covid,” said a senior official in Delhi.
Mohapatra was a prominent figure in a number of projects, including the Sabarmati Riverfront, and was credited with introducing “model roadways” in Ahmedabad. He was key in developing the production-linked incentive systems at DPIIT. He was also aggressively striving to reduce the industry’s compliance load.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other top ministers expressed their sorrow on Mohapatra’s death. “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.
His staff and colleagues remember him as a kind officer who was also a good administrator, a problem solver who knew how to get things done. Not to mention, according to one of his deputy municipal commissioners, he had a good sense of comedy in addition to his writing abilities.
In August 2019, Mohapatra, a 1986-batch Gujarat cadre IAS official, took over as DPIIT secretary. He was also the chairman of the Indian Airports Authority (AAI)
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