SRINAGAR: Tasaduq Jeelani, a senior KAS officer, who fought a huge battle against Covid-19 for 18 days, finally died in the hospital. He was Special Secretary of Social Welfare. He was 57.

Tasaduq Jeelani, the KAS officer, who died of Covid-19 on July 31, 2020

Tasaduq was infected by Covid-19 and had a serious problem initially. “We gave him three doses of plasma therapy,” one senior doctor who was involved in his treatment said. “There is no medicine that we did not give him. Infact some medicines were flown from Delhi specially to see he revives.”

He was admitted in the JVC Bemina since July 14.

“For almost seven days, he was on non-invasive ventilator and today when his situation was not improving, we put him on an invasive ventilator,” one doctor said. “But he could not manage. He died around 6 pm.”

Doctors said Jeelani had developed a number of complicacies after being infected by the Covid-19. He already had co-morbidity. Already a diabetic patient, he was having Covid-19 triggered bilateral pneumonia. In fact, after plasma therapy, he tested negative once. But that did not help him at all.

The appeal to seek plasma for Jeelani went viral and his colleagues  and friends ensured he get the requisite therapy.

Prayers for his recovery were all around. “Praying for the speedy recovery of my dear friend Tasaduq Jeelani. You are a brave man and Insha’Allah you will get well soon. Love you Tasu,” wrote incumbent commissioner SMC Gazanafar Ali.

Days later, as Jeealani tested negative, Ali again wrote on Twitter, “great news that my friend Tasaduq Jeelani has tested negative for covis-19. Wishing you speedy recovery Tasu.”

A 1986 pass out of the faculty of agriculture, SKAUST Wadoora, Jeelani initially for a brief period served agriculture department. Born on April 17, 1963,  in remote village of Banihal, his substantive appointment came into effect from August 1, 1986. Later he was inducted to the time scale KAS on September 25, 2008.

A man of good head and heart as his juniors remember him, during his service career he held significant posts, including Deputy Commissioner Anantnag, director Tourism Kashmir, director Panchayati Raj, director estates,  and currently special secretary social welfare.

“He was a friendly officer. Someone who would care and ensure the well-being of his staff,” said one of his juniors.

Remembering Jeelani,  Naeem Akhtar, senior PDP leader and former minister said he was a optimistic man in attitude.  “I have seen him working closely, he was a vibrant officer, positive, helping and very enthusiastic about whatever was assigned to him.”

Akhtar said his father was also an officer who had served as deputy commissioner. “Jeelani sb was also a senior officer. Coming from remote area in Banihal, he( Tasaduq) had positive grooming.”

Condolences Poured In

Former chief minister Omar Abdullah condoled the demise of Jeelani. In his message on Twitter, he wrote, “very sorry to hear about the passing of Tasaduq Jeelani a serving KAS officer. He has served in a number of important positions and was currently Special Secretary Social Welfare. My father joins me in conveying our condolences to his family. Allah Jannat naseeb karey.”

Condoling the demise, Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party (JKAP) President Syed Altaf Bukhari has expressed shock and grief over the demise of Tassaduq Jeelani.

In a condolence message, Bukhari expressed solidarity with the bereaved family, friends and colleagues of the deceased officer.

“Mr. Jeelani’s death due to post COVID complications has once again underscored the need for adopting utmost precautions against this deadly disease. I once again appeal the people to strictly adhere to the COVID guidelines and follow the social and health protocols in order to save precious human lives,” he said.

“I find it difficult to share, our colleague Tasaduq Jeelani has lost battle against Covid. He had responded well, tested negative too but couldn’t overcome post Covid complications. May his soul rest in peace,” said Dr Shahid Choudhary, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar.

The fraternity of officers in agriculture, horticulture and rural development departments have also condoled the demise.



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