Tamil Nadu Health Secretary Beela Rajesh transferred as cases surge
Chennai: The Tamil Nadu government on Friday transferred Health Secretary Beela Rajesh as the State breached the 40,000 mark. Rajesh has been transferred as the Commercial Taxes and Registration Department secretary while the special nodal officer for Chennai, J Radhakrishnan, will be replacing her as the new Health secretary of Tamil Nadu, a government order…
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Rajesh has been transferred as the Commercial Taxes and Registration Department secretary while the special nodal officer for Chennai, J Radhakrishnan, will be replacing her as the new Health secretary of Tamil Nadu, a government order confirmed.
Radhakrishnan, from the 1992 batch of the IAS, was Health Secretary till February 2019. He was transferred as the Transport Secretary when Beela Rajesh took over as the Health Secretary. J Radhakrishnan will hold additional charge of Principal Secretary/Commissioner of Revenue Administration.
The reshuffle comes at a time when the State is facing the worst spike in months. The number of cases have been steadily increasing with each passing day, particularly after the government announced a slew of relaxations as part of its ‘Unlock 1.0’ policy.
The state relaxed restrictions that included permitting public transport to operate in the State barring a few badly hit districts that included Chennai and its suburbs. Shops, including large establishments, private offices and other private establishments were also allowed to function. However, malls were not allowed to operate.
On Friday, Tamil Nadu recorded the highest single-day spike in cases with 1982 people testing positive for the infection. This pushes the total tally in the State to 40,698. Of the 1982 cases on Friday, 1479 were from Chennai. The State capital has witnessed 28,924 cases so far and has recorded 294 deaths.
The situation in the State triggered Madras High Court judges Vineet Kothari and R Suresh Kumar on Thursday to question the State government as to whether a complete lockdown was on the cards in Chennai owing to the steep surge in the number of Covid-19 cases. The Justices, however, stated that they raised the question in the capacity of being citizens of the state and were not initiating any suo motu public interest litigation proceedings regarding the same.
On Friday morning, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami cleared the air on the chatter going around the state about the possibility of a ‘complete lockdown.’ He said the State government had no intention of making the State government go into a complete lockdown mode and that those spreading such rumours would be prosecuted.
On Friday, 18 people succumbed to the infection taking the death toll in the State to 367. As many as 1342 patients were discharged on Friday taking the number of recoveries to 22,047.
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