From air-lifting doctors to ensuring crucial supplies reached on time, he went the extra mile to help rain-ravaged Kerala
Additional Chief Secretary in the Maharashtra government, Praveen Pardeshi played a critical role in providing logistic support and a relief and rehabilitation plan for flood-hit Kerala. Pardesi involved senior bureaucrats of relief and rehabilitation, revenue, public health, medical education, transport and prominent NGOs for coordination with heads of these departments in Kerala.
Besides, he ensured that doctors from government-run JJ Hospital in Mumbai and Pune’s Sassoon hospitals were air-lifted to Kerala in coordination with the Air Force.
For coordinating efforts with the Kerala government, Pardeshi set up a WhatsApp group containing the necessary officials, and for a week oversaw their efforts ensuring that clothes, medicines, food and other relief material reached the districts particularly affected by the floods.
This isn’t the first time the 1985-batch IAS officer has conducted such large-scale relief efforts. As Collector, he assisted the rehabilitation of victims who had suffered in the devastating September 1993 earthquake in Latur, Maharashtra. It was following Pardeshi’s lead in the Latur earthquake relief efforts that Kerala had become the first state to take charge of rehabilitating the village of Nimboli in Maharashtra.
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