DPIIT Secretary Guruprasad Mohapatra dies, PM mourns


New Delhi, Jun 19 (UNI) Guruprasad Mohapatra, Secretary of Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), passed away due to COVID-related complications, here on Saturday.  
Prime Minister Narendra Modi mourned his demise. 
"Saddened by the demise of Dr. Guruprasad Mohapatra, DPIIT Secretary. I had worked with him extensively in Gujarat and at the Centre. He had a great understanding of administrative issues and was known for his innovative zeal. Condolences to his family and friends. Om Shanti," Mr Modi tweeted.  
Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal also condoled the IAS officer's demise. 
"Extremely saddened to hear about the loss of Dr. Guruprasad Mohapatra, Secretary DPIIT. 
His long-standing service and dedication to the Nation have left a lasting impact. I convey my deepest sympathies to his family and friends," Mr Goyal said in a tweet.   
Odisha-born IAS officer was admitted to AIIMS in April this year.
He was a 1986 batch Gujarat cadre IAS officer. He was the son of renowned litterateur late Mohapatra Nilamani Sahoo. 
Mohapatra had also served Airports Authority of India (AAI) as Chairman. Mohapatra had earlier served as Joint Secretary in the Department of Commerce, GOI. 
He was Municipal Commissioner of Surat in Gujarat.