New Delhi / Thiruvananthapuram. Dr. Vishwas Mehta, former Chief Secretary of Kerala and outgoing Chief Information Commissioner of the state and a native of Dungarpur in Southern Rajasthan, presented a copy of his book 'Ati Jeevanam' (Survival) written in Malayalam language to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan at the Chief Minister's residence at Thiruvananthapuram.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, while praising the commendable efforts of Dr. Vishwas Mehta, praised the many exemplary dimensions established during his forty years of service as the Chief Secretary of Kerala and the outgoing Chief Information Commissioner of the state.  He also said that the service rendered by Dr. Vishwas Mehta to the people of the state by working day and night during the period of Covid 19 can never be forgotten.

Chief Minister Vijayan said that although many bureaucrats write their own books, Dr. Vishwas Mehta has won everyone's hearts by writing a book in Malayalam, the official language of his working place Kerala, and collecting many inspirational memoirs in it.  He also speaks and writes Malayalam very well.

Vijayaj expressed hope that Dr. Vishwas Mehta has set an example by coming out of a poor family from a small town Dungarpur in Rajasthan and reaching the highest peak of civil services.  I am confident that this book of his, which has come as a summary of his administrative experiences, will become a guide book for the youth coming into administrative services.

On this occasion, Chief Minister Vijayan's wife Kamla Vijayan and Dr. Vishwas Mehta's wife Preeti Mehta were also present.

It is noteworthy that on February 19, Dr. Vishwas Mehta's book Ati Jeevanam (Survival) was launched by Kerala Governor Dr. Arif Mohammad Khan at Kerala Raj Bhavan.  The preface of this book of more than three hundred pages has been written by the Governor of West Bengal, Dr. CV Anand Bose, who was the first collector of Dr. Vishwas Mehta.

 Dr. Vishwas Mehta completed three years of work as the Chief Information Commissioner of Kerala on Thursday evening.  Before taking oath on this constitutional post, he was the Chief Secretary of Kerala.  In view of his remarkable services, he was given this special responsibility for three years after retirement by the government.

--Neeti Gopendra Bhatt


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