PM Modi salutes Mohapatra, calls him karmayogi

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid rich tributes to IAS officer Guruprasad Mohapatra who died of Covid-19 while trying to put in place a robust oxygen management system for patients even from his hospital bed.
“It is sad for all of us that the country has lost this karmayogi, Covid has snatched him away from us. There are countless people who have never been discussed. Our tribute to every such person would be that we follow the Covid protocol fully, get our vaccinations done,” Modi said in his monthly radio broadcast ‘Mann ki Baat’.
He disclosed how Mohapatra, who was secretary in the department for promotion of industry and internal trade, insisted on participating in meetings via video conferences although he had been advised against it. “Guruprasad ji was diagnosed with corona, he was admitted in hospital and yet at the same time, was performing his official duties too. He toiled day and night to increase the oxygen producing capacity of the country and to ensure that oxygen reached far flung areas. On the one hand, the affairs of the court, the pressure of the media, he kept fighting on many fronts simultaneously and did not stop working during his illness. He kept on making arrangements to deliver oxygen to the people regardless of himself being on the hospital bed,” the PM said.
“The tribute by PM Modi to Guruprasad Mohapatra has instilled a sense of motivation and reinforced commitment among all public servants dedicated to the cause of public service and nation building across the country,” the Central IAS Association said in a statement. Mohapatra’s contribution in stepping up oxygen production and putting in place a distribution network, along with some of his colleagues who had also tested positive, has been widely acknowledged.
Commerce and industry minister Piyush Goyal, who was the Gujarat cadre officer’s boss, said the PM’s words of encouragement will inspire public servants to continue their work selflessly.

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