Parul Devi Das, Assam's first lady IAS officer, dies of COVID-19

She retired as Additional Chief Secretary in 2010.

Assam's first lady IAS officer, Parul Devi Das deceased by COVID-19 on Monday. She was Assam-Meghalaya cadre officer and served as the Additional Chief Secretary of Assam. She was the first woman IAS officer from Assam and briefly served Meghalaya in the early 80s. 

She was undergoing treatment at the Apollo Hospital, Guwahati. She was the daughter of former Minister Ramnath Das. Her father late Ramnath Das was a cabinet minister in undivided Assam. Her brother Naba Kumar Das is the retired Chief Secretary of Assam. She retired as Additional Chief Secretary in 2010.

In Assam Kamrup (M) tops the chart with 6,026 active cases while Kamrup (R) shares the second spot with 1,032 cases as of April 25 and Kamrup Metropolitan with Guwahati as its leading city registered 815 number of COVID cases. The positivity rate stands at 3.24%.

Meanwhile, Assam as of Sunday reported 1844 fresh COVID-19 cases taking the active caseload to 15,470. The highest cases have been reported from the districts of Kamrup Metro with 791 cases followed by Dibrugarh at 190, Nagaon at 83, and Kamrup Rural at 82. 14 deaths have been reported from the state with 8 cases from Kamrup Metro and 1 each from Barpeta, Dibrugarh, Kamrup Rural, Morigaon, Nalbari, and Sonitpur, taking the total death toll to 1200. The positivity rate for the virus is 5.48% while the recovery rate is 92.41%.

Assam has a surplus of 40 MT of oxygen. The state has 61MT of oxygen supply and currently using around 20 MT. Assam has 8 government-owned oxygen plants and 4 private sector plants- which are - Oxygen plants in Bongaigaon, Dimapur, Bhutan, and Meghalaya. Further, 3 more would be added by April end which will be in-house at private hospitals.

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