DPIIT Secretary Guruprasad Mohapatra dies of COVID-related complications

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By: PTI | New Delhi |
Updated: June 19, 2021 12:23:22 pm

Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade secretary Guruprasad Mohapatra. (Photo: ANI)

Secretary in the Department of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) Guruprasad Mohapatra died of COVID-19 related complications on Saturday.

Condoling his death Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a tweet said, 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.”

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.

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 19, 2021

“Extremely saddened to hear about the loss of Dr. Guruprasad Mohapatra, Secretary DPIIT. His long-standing service and dedication to the Nation have left a lasting impact. I convey my deepest sympathies to his family and friends,” Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal said in a tweet.

Extremely saddened to hear about the loss of Dr. Guruprasad Mohapatra, Secretary DPIIT.

His long-standing service and dedication to the Nation have left a lasting impact. I convey my deepest sympathies to his family and friends.

ॐ शांति pic.twitter.com/JFwZJFDE1b

— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) June 19, 2021

Mohapatra was admitted to AIIMS in mid-April.

Prior to taking over as DPIIT secretary in August 2019, Mohapatra served as chairman of the Airports Authority of India (AAI)

He was a Gujarat cadre 1986 batch IAS officer. He had earlier served as joint secretary in the Department of Commerce.

At the state level, he held the portfolio of Municipal Commissioner in Surat, Gujarat.

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