New Delhi, Monday, 26 April 2021: The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat today called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. They reviewed the preparations and operations being undertaken by the Armed Forces to deal with the pandemic.
The CDS briefed the PM that all medical personnel from armed forces who have retired or taken pre-mature retirement in the last two years are being recalled to work in COVID-19 facilities within proximity of their present place of residence. Other medical officers who retired earlier have also been requested to make their services available for consultation through medical emergency help lines.
The PM was also informed that all medical officers on staff appointments at Command Headquarters, Corps HQ, Division HQ and similar HQs of the Indian Navy (IN) and the Indian Air Force (IAF) will be employed at hospitals.
The CDS informed the PM that nursing personnel are being employed in large numbers to complement the doctors at the hospitals. PM was also briefed that oxygen cylinders available with armed forces in various establishments will be released for hospitals.
The CDS also said that they are creating medical facilities in large numbers and where possible military medical infrastructure will be made available to civilians. The PM also reviewed the operations being undertaken by IAF to transport oxygen and other essentials in India and abroad.
The PM also discussed with the CDS that Kendriya and Rajya Sainik Welfare Boards and Officers posted in various headquarters in veterans cells may be instructed to coordinate the services of veterans to extend the reach to maximum extent possible including in remote areas.