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Covid-19 has innovated a new governance model in India to tackle the national calamity. Prime Minister Narendra Modi as Chairman of National Disaster Management Authority has reportedly constituted 11 empowered committees to take decisions on how to tackle Covid-19. The Prime Minister is assisted by PK Mishra, Principal Secretary to PM, and Rajiv Gauba, Cabinet Secretary. The Medical Emergency Managment Plan Committee is headed by VK Paul, Member Niti Ayog; Hospitals Isolation and Quarantine Facilities Decease Surveillance and Testing Committee is looked after by CK Mishra, (IAS 1983 Bihar) Secretary Environment; Availability of Essential Equipments by PD Vaghela, (IAS 1986 Gujarat) Secretary, Dept of Pharmaceuticals; Augmenting Human Resources and Capacity Building Committee by Arun Panda, (IAS 1984 Odisha) Secretary MSMEs; Facilitating Supply Chain And Logistic Management for Essentials by Parameshwaran Iyer, (IAS retd) Secretary, Dept of Drinking Water and Sanitation; Coordination with NGOs, International Organisations by Amitabh Kant, (IAS 1980 Kerala retd) CEO, Niti Ayog; Economic and Welfare Measures by Atanu Chakraborty, (IAS 1985 Gujarat) Secretary Dept. of Economic Affairs; Information, Communication and Public Awareness by Ravi Mittal, (IAS 1986 Bihar) Secretary Information & Broadcasting; Technology and Data Management by Ajay Sahwney, (IAS 1984 Andhra Pradesh) Secretary Electronics and IT Ministry; Public Grievances & Suggestions by Amit Khare, (IAS 1985 Jharkhand) Secretary HRD; and Strategic Issues linked to Lockdown by Ajay Kumar Bhalla, (IAS 1984 Assam-Meghalaya), Secretary Home. PMO has attached one or two officers from its office to each committee. Modi also has formed another committee comprising 15 Union ministers under the leadership of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, who were assigned 15 districts each and tasked to ensure that there is no disruption in supply of essential commodities. Overall, 42 ministers have been assigned to look after the states.

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