Andhra Pradesh: IAS Officer back at work with month-old baby amid Covid-19 crisis

The chief of the municipal body of Visakhapatnam has returned to her office after giving birth to her baby in just a month. The top officer says it's the call of duty as the country battles the pandemic of coronavirus that inspired her to return to work as soon as possible. The 2013 (batch) IAS officer, seen in pictures in her office with the baby in her arms, won her high praise on social media.

by Niranjani Jesentha Kumari Prabagararaj

Updated: Apr 13, 2020 13:40 IST

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Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat praised the officer

"It's like a call of duty for me. It's my response, as a human being, to be of some help to the administration. I thought that this is the time we should all stand together and be supportive to each other," said Srijana Gummalla, commissioner of the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation.

Women are entitled to six months of paid maternity leave according to government rules. 

Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat praised the officer and expressed appreciation for attending the "call for duty"

"The country is lucky to have these corona warriors. My sincere appreciation for this living example of duty commitment," Mr. Shekhawat tweeted in Hindi, along with the IAS officer and her baby’s picture.

In Andhra Pradesh coronavirus stands at 427. In the State, seven people died. According to the most recent data from the Union Health Ministry, the overall COVID-19 cases in the country reached the 9,000-mark, with 308 deaths. Protection Status