Government sets up 11 groups to boost COVID-19 response, minimise hardship during lockdown

The central government has constituted 11 empowered groups to ensure a comprehensive and integrated response to COVID-19. 

Mar 30, 2020 11:52 IST
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The central government set up 11 empowered groups on March 29, 2020 to ensure a comprehensive and integrated response to COVID-19. 

The special groups have been constituted under the Disaster Management Act. Each of the groups comprises a senior representative from the Prime Minister’s Office and Cabinet Secretariat to ensure smooth and seamless coordination.

Among the 11 groups formed, nine will be headed by Secretary-level officers, one by NITI Aayog member and one by the NITI Aayog CEO. 


The empowered groups will formulate plans and suggest necessary measures to boost healthcare, reduce the misery of the people and bring the Indian economy back on track post the 21-day lockdown. The groups will ensure the time-bound implementation of all necessary measures. The decision is aimed at dealing with the multiple challenges that have arisen due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Following are the 11 empowered groups:

Empowered Groups



Group on coordinating with the private sector

NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant


Empowered Group on Medical Emergency and Management Plan

NITI Aayog member Dr V Paul


Group on Availability of Hospitals, Disease Surveillance and Testing and Critical Care Training

Environment Secretary C K Mishra


Empowered Group on ensuring availability of essential medical equipment, production Procurement, Import and Distribution

Pharmaceuticals Secretary P D Vaghela


Group on augmenting Human Resources and Capacity Building

Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Secretary Arun Pand


Group on Facilitating Supply Chain and Logistics Management for availability of necessary item

Drinking Water Secretary Parameswaran Iyer


Group on Economic and Welfare measures

Economic Affairs Secretary Atanu Chakraborty


Group on Information, Communication and Public Awareness

Broadcasting Secretary Ravi Mittal


Group on Technology and Data Management

MEITY Secretary Ajay Sawhney


Public Grievances

HRD Secretary Amit Khare


Empowered Group on Strategic issues relating to Lockdown

Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla

Composition of the Groups

All the groups will comprise 6 members each and one member from PMO and Cabinet Secretariat. Overall, 20 secretaries and 40 officials have already begun chalking out strategies and measures to tackle COVID-19 response. 

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