THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In the wake of heavy rains and floods in Kerala, the state government decided to put one minister and a secretary in-charge of each district to coordinate relief operations and conduct adalaths for addressing public grievances at grama panchayat, corporation and municipality levels.
Ministers, who have been given charge of flood-affected districts are Kadakampally Surendran (Thiruvananthapuram), J Mercykutty Amma (Kollam), Mathew T Thomas (Pathanamthitta), G Sudhakaran, P Thilothaman and T M Thomas Isaac (Alappuzha), K Raju (Kottayam), M M Mani (Idukki), C Raveendranath (Ernakulam), A C Moideen and V S Sunil Kumar (Thrissur), A K Balan (Palakkad), K T Jaleel (Malappuram), T P Ramakrishnan and A K Saseendran (Kozhikode), Ramachandran Kadannappally (Wayanad), K K Shylaja (Kannur) and E Chandrasekharan (Kasargod).
In addition, the secretaries include transport secretary K R Jyothilal (Thiruvananthapuram), animal husbandry secretary Anil Xavier (Kollam), cooperation secretary P Venugopal (Pathanamthitta), PWD secretary G Kamala Vardhana Rao (Alappuzha), tourism secretary Rani George (Kottayam), taxes commissioner Rajan Khobragade (Idukki), IT secretary M Sivasankar (Ernakulam), social justice department secretary Biju Prabhakar (Thrissur), industries secretary K Ellangovan (Palakkad), coir department secretary Mini Antony (Malappuram), director of public instructions K V Mohan Kumar (Kozhikode), forest and wildlife secretary V Venu (Wayanad), minority welfare department secretary A Shajahan (Kannur) and special secretary (Personnel and Administrative Reforms) K Gopalakrishna Bhatt (Kasargod).
In addition, six IAS officers have been asked to go to eight districts that are worst affected, to help the district collectors. These include industries and commerce director K Biju (Kozhikode), fisheries director S Venkitesapathy (Kottayam), KSTP project director Ajit Patil (Thiruvananthapuram), MD of Kerala State Cooperative Bank E Devadasan (Kasargod), Kudumbashree executive director S Harikishore (Pathanamthitta) and additional secretary Ayush Keshavendra Kumar (Wayanad).
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