Bhiwandi Gets New Civic Chief
The Maharashtra government transferred three Indian Administrative Service officers, posting one of them as civic chief of powerloom town Bhiwandi, a coronavirus hotspot in Thane district.
Pankaj Ashiya, a 2016 batch IAS officer, posted as assistant collector and project officer, ITDP, Kalwan, Nashik has been made municipal commissioner of Bhiwandi-Nizampur Municipal Corporation.
Ashiya replaces Pravin Ashtikar amid a steep rise in COVID-19 cases in Bhiwandi, the numbers climbing to 165 between April 12, when the first case was detected, and June 1.
Between June 1 and June 19, the COVID-19 count reached 794, with the death toll rising to 64, a mortality rate of 8.06 pr cent, which is the highest in Thane district, and above the national average.