Armed forces provided emergency financial powers to tackle Covid situation


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday invoked special provisions and granted emergency financial powers to the armed forces to empower them and speed up their efforts to tide over the prevailing Covid situation in the country

“These powers will help Formation Commanders to set up and function quarantine facilities/hospitals and undertake procurement/repair of equipment/items/fabric/stores, but even so provisioning of more than a few services and products and works required to reinforce the ongoing effort against the pandemic,” said Ministry of Defence in a commentary.

Under these powers, vice chiefs of armed forces, including Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to the Chairman Chiefs Of Staff Committee (CISC) and General Officer Commanding-in-Chiefs (GOC-in-Cs) and equivalents of all three services and products have been provided full powers, whereas Corps Commanders/Area Commanders have been delegated powers up to Rs 50 lakh per case and Division Commanders/Sub Area Commanders and equivalents have been delegated powers up to Rs 20 lakh per case. These powers have been devolved to start with for a period of three months from May 1 to July 31, 2021. These are along with the emergency powers delegated to the Medical Officers of the Armed Forces final week.

“The emergency powers were sanctioned to the armed forces final year too when the Covid pandemic first broke out. This had helped the Armed Forces tackle the situation faster and in an effective manner,” said the ministry.

Earlier this week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and reviewed the preparations and operations being undertaken by the Armed Forces to care for the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

To empower the Armed Forces and speed up their efforts in the nationwide fight against COVID 19 situation, Raksha Mantri Shri @rajnathsingh invoked special provisions and granted Emergency Financial Powers to the Armed Forces today.

— रक्षा मंत्री कार्यालय/ RMO India (@DefenceMinIndia) April 30, 2021

According to an official commentary by the Prime Minister’s Office, the CDS briefed the Prime Minister that every one medical personnel from armed forces who have retired or taken pre-mature retirement in the final 2 years are being reminisce about to work in Covid facilities in the proximity of their present place of residence.

“Other medical officers who retired earlier have also been requested to make their services and products to be had for consultation through medical emergency helplines,” it added.

The Prime Minister used to be also informed that every one medical officers on staff appointments at Command, Corps, Division, and similar headquarters of Navy and Air Force will be employed at hospitals.

General Rawat informed PM Modi that nursing personnel are being employed in large numbers to complement the doctors at the hospitals and that oxygen cylinders to be had with Armed Forces in more than a few establishments will be released for hospitals.

The CDS also said that they’re creating medical facilities in large numbers and where conceivable military medical infrastructure will be made to be had to civilians.

The Prime Minister also reviewed the operations being undertaken by Indian Air Force (IAF) to transport oxygen and other essentials in India and out of the country.

PM Modi also discussed with General Rawat that Kendriya and Rajya Sainik Welfare Boards and Officers posted in more than a few headquarters in veterans cells could also be instructed to coordinate the services and products of veterans to extend the reach to the maximum extent conceivable including in remote areas.

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