Newdelhi :4/6/19: Renowned scientist Mrutyunjay Mohapatra was appointed on Tuesday as the chief of the India Meteorological Department (IMD), an order issued by the Personnel Ministry said.
Mohapatra, who is Scientist ‘G’ in the IMD, hails from Odisha.
He has been appointed as Director-General of Meteorology, IMD, for a period of five years, it said. He will assume charge of the post on or after August 1, 2019, the order said.
The IMD is responsible for weather and climate related forecasts for the country. It is also mandated to warn against severe weather phenomenon such as cyclones, dust storms, heavy rain and snow, cold and heat-waves, among others.
A team of scientists led by Mohapatra had done a commendable job in making accurate forecast of cyclone ‘Fani’ that had hit the Odisha coast on May 3. The perfect forecast had prompted the government to evacuate the people in vulnerable areas, thereby saving precious human lives