Senior IAS officer R Vineel Krishna is in the thick of the action after his re-induction to the Chief Minister’s Officer (CMO) for Covid management. Krishna is known to be a quiet workaholic who keeps an understated profile in the prying eyes of the media. He is one of the rarefied officers in the upper echelons of power who lets his performance do the talking.
His reinstatement into the CMO during this unforeseen crisis will go a long way in tackling the pandemic. Since June, Odisha has witnessed an upsurge in Covid cases. What’s worrisome as a trend is an escalation in local transmission cases along with the quarantined patients.
The spike in local infections has fuelled fears of community-level transmission. Krishna’s appointment in this exigent hour will bring on board his skills and vision to help Odisha pivot away from an unprecedented health crisis.
His appointment is also a pointer to the Chief Minister’s immense belief in his abilities. It may be recalled that Krishna had previously served as the Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to R Balakrishnan, a superannuated IAS officer who presently serves as the Chief Advisor to the Chief Minister. However, Krishna along with several other senior officers were relieved of their Covid management responsibilities in May.
Simultaneously, Krishna is discharging his flagship responsibility as the Managing Director of Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC) and also Odisha Mineral Exploration Corporation Ltd (OMECL), a fully owned subsidiary of OMC. He is also the Director of Sports & Youth Affairs.
As the operational head of OMC, Krishna is committed to ramping up production of critical raw materials like iron ore, chromite and bauxite to ensure that the end-user industries do not confront shortages.
Under his stewardship, OMC has evolved into a gold rated PSU, contributing handsomely to the state coffers by way of dividend year after year. OMC is also a key sponsor to major sports spectacles hosted by the Odisha government.
Article Written By Dibyajit Sahu
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