Amid surge in COVID-19 cases, Tamil Nadu Health Secretary Beela Rajesh transferred

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Amid the surge in Tamil Nadu's COVID-19 cases, the state government on Friday transferred Health Secretary Beela Rajesh. 

 

The transfer order comes at a time when Tamil Nadu has seen over 38,000 cases of COVID-19 across the state with Chennai seeing 27,000 patientss. 

Special Nodal officer for Chennai, senior IAF official J Radhakrishnan, will be the new Health secretary of Tamil Nadu.

As per the orders, Beela Rajesh has been transferred as the Commercial Taxes and Registration Department secretary. She replaces N Muruganandam IAS, who was holding the additional charge.

The news came to light after a Public (Special A) Department issued a notice on the same earlier in the morning today.

 "The following transfers and postings are notified:- (i) Dr.Beela Rajesh, IAS , Secretary to Government, Health and Family Welfare Department is transferred and posted as Secretary to Government, Commercial Taxes and Registration Department vice Thiru N.Muruganandam IAS., holding additional charge; (ii) Dr.J.Radhakrishnan, IAS, Principal Secretary/Commissioner of Revenue Administration is transferred and posted as Principal Secretary to Government, Health and Family Welfare Department vice Dr.Beela Rajesh, IAS; He will continue to hold the post of Principal Secretary/Commissioner of Revenue Administration in full additional charge until further orders," the order read.

Radhakrishnan, from the 1992 batch of the IAS, was Health Secretary till February 2019. After he was transferred as the Transport Secretary, Beela Rajesh had taken over as the Health Secretary.

Beela Rajesh previously held the post of Commissioner for Indian Medicine and Homeopathy before being appointed as the Principal Secretary of Health on February 17, 2019.

Radhakrishnan,is well-known as a crisis expert. The senior bureaucrat has held various important positions in the past from serving as GCC’s Commissioner in 2000 to being the district Collector of Nagapattinam during its worst crisis - the tsunami of 2004. 

He was also appointed the Assistant Country Director, Disaster Management for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). 

Radhakrishnan also served as district collector of Thanjavur and was tasked with handling the tragic aftermath of the 2004 Kumbakonam school fire which killed 94 students.

  As India is attempting to flatten the curve of the novel coronavirus, some states are continuing to see a steady rise in cases.

Among the Indian states, Maharashtra remains to be the worst affected state by the deadly virus. It is followed by Tamil Nadu, and Delhi.

According to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), the total number of coronavirus cases in Tamil Nadu now stands at 38716 including 17662 active cases, 20705 cured/discharged/migrated and 349 deaths.

 

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