IAS Officer Association today condoled the demise of former Indian Ambassador to the US Naresh Chandra. Calling Chandra one of the finest civil servants, Indian Civil and Administrative Service (Central) Association said that it was a great loss to the nation and society. The association, which represents all members of Indian Administrative Service (IAS), said this in its official Twitter handle. Chandra died at a private hospital near Panaji in Goa last night due to multiple organ failures. He was 82.
Shekhar Salkar, chief of clinical services at Manipal Hospital, Goa told PTI that Chandra was admitted to the hospital on Friday evening with complaints of fever and with myalgia (muscle pain) since three days followed with multiple episodes of vomiting and loose stools from the afternoon onwards,” Chandra was then shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) where he suffered a cardiac arrest at 10.15 PM on Friday, he said. “On admission, his blood pressure and oxygenation were low,” Salkar said.
The doctors were able to revive Chandra from the cardiac arrest but his organs had started failing, he said. “On July 09 at 10.05 PM, he suffered another cardiac arrest.. Despite all the efforts, the patient could not be revived and he was declared dead at 10.40 PM,” Salkar was quoted as saying by PTI.
The hospital sources said that Chandra’s body has been preserved in the morgue and his family members have been informed. The body would be flown to Delhi for the final rites.
Chandra had served as the Cabinet Secretary from 1990–92 and was the Indian Ambassador to the US from 1996 to 2001. He was conferred with the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second-highest civil honour, in 2007.