Pune: Retired Divisional Commissioner of Pune Dr Deepak Mhaisekar has been appointed as an advisor to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. The state government announced the decision on Friday (September 4).
Although Dr Mhaisekar will be working as an advisor to the Chief Minister, his office will be in Pune. Dr Mhaisekar will be reporting to Ajoy Mehta, the Principal Advisor to the Chief Minister who was the Chief Secretary of the state before his retirement.
Dr Mhaisekar was the Pune Divisional Commissioner. So his experience in handling the outbreak can be used to gain control over the current Covid-19 situation. It is the responsibility of Dr Mhaisekar to analyse the ground situation and based on that further advise Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.
The number of Covid-19 infected patients is increasing in Pune city and rural areas. Dr Mhaisekar had made special efforts to bring the flood situation in western Maharashtra under control and also succeeded in controlling the subsequent outbreak of coronavirus. His experience in the current situation is going to benefit the city and the state.
Dr Deepak Mhaisekar said, "Every effort will be made to curb the spread of coronavirus and reduce the number of Covid-19 positive cases in the city. Other responsibilities have also been assigned to me regarding controlling the Covid-19 situation in the state, including Pune. We will successfully achieve it."
Mhaisekar was among the top officials in the forefront of Pune's fight against Covid-19 pandemic. He is a 2003-batch IAS officer with 30 earlier years of service in various state government departments. He was also the first registrar of the Veterinary University in Nagpur.
At his last press conference as Divisional Commissioner, Mhaisekar had said that his stint in Pune had been his most testing one. He had said that he would settle in Pune and get involved in social work post-retirement.