News Cover

No free ends

Gurugram’s outstanding place on the enterprise map of the nation makes Amit Khatri’s job that rather more tough. “I have twin objectives at hand, save lives and livelihoods,” he says. Gurugram, with 54 constructive COVID-19 instances up to now, is among the many worst-affected districts in Haryana. The Khatri-led administration has designated 24 containment zones in three blocks, 11 in Sohna, 10 in Gurugram and three in rural Pataudi. “With the gradual opening up of the economy, we will have to ensure the containment remains effective,” he says.

After April 20, when the Centre issued tips for partial opening of companies, the state began easing restrictions; many enterprises, too, have utilized for reopening their premises. Rajesh Khullar, principal secretary on the chief minister’s workplace, says the broad contours for permission have been laid out to the district administrations as tips. “If they are convinced about a business proposal, they are free to give permissions,” he says.

Khatri, a 2011 batch IAS officer, earned his stripes throughout the violent protests of the Jats in 2016 and have become a blue-eyed boy of the current dispensation. He was then posted on the epicentre of the difficulty in Rohtak. In 2020, the lockdown discovered him battling COVID-19 in an important district of Haryana. Khatri’s greatest take a look at got here when he needed to transfer rapidly to halt the in a single day exodus of migr­ants on March 25. He used the CSR funds of companies, mobilised NGOs and arrange aid camps. Food, garments and different facilities, together with sanitary pads for ladies, have been supplied. Apart from this, he has created a military of 4,000-odd volunteers to assist the aged. Khatri has additionally been fortunate he didn’t should hustle to enhance the well being services within the district. Gurugram is residence to a few of the premier personal hospitals within the nation, together with Medanta Medicity, Fortis and Artemis.

The subsequent step is a phased opening up of trade. On April 30, Khatri’s group green-flagged sectors like building (solely with ‘in-situ’ lodging for staff), manufacturing (33 per cent cap in staff) and IT/ITES (at 50 per cent capability). Needless to say, all social distancing and different protocols must be maintained. Auto majors equivalent to Maruti, Hero Motors and Honda, too, have began their models, albeit in a scaled-down method.

Khatri says his group has developed a extremely responsive communication system with the folks. “During the Covid operations, I made it a habit to respond to every call or message and close the issue the same day before I went to sleep,” he says. This has already helped in streamlining varied processes. He additionally makes common visits to the aid camps, civil hospitals and meals distribution centres to evaluate any gaps in supply.

In city Gurugram, residents are hoping he’ll open up town quickly. There is a sizeable inhabitants right here dwelling in gated complexes. The Khatri-led administration supplied them with cell ATMs and grocery shops (utilizing a couple of transformed state transport buses). “Initially, we were apprehensive about the availability of medicines and groceries, especially since neither my help nor I could go to the markets. But things have been very much sorted here,” says Vinay­jeet Rathore, a retired military man and Gurugram resident.

Get real-time alerts and all of the information in your telephone with the all-new India Today app. Download from

  • Andriod App
  • IOS App

Related posts

Leave a Comment