Amidst mayhem within the nation, the armed forces had been on Friday granted emergency financial powers to fight the COVID-19 surge. The emergency financial powers got to prime officers of all three armed forces.
These are as well as to the emergency powers delegated to the medical officers of the armed forces final week, a Defence Ministry assertion stated. These new powers will assist them function amenities, procure tools and assets, and carry out any required pressing duties.
They will set up and function hospitals, quarantine amenities, and to undertake procurement of COVID-specific tools with out the same old clearances.
RMO India tweeted, “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.”
“These powers will help Formation Commanders to establish and operate quarantine facilities/ hospitals and to undertake procurement/ repair of eqpt/ items/ material/ stores, besides provisioning of various services and works required to support the ongoing effort against COVID,” it added.
Such powers had been sanctioned final 12 months, too, and helped the Armed Forces sort out the primary wave successfully.
The newest transfer comes days after Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat advised Prime Minister Narendra Modi that each one medical personnel who retired from the armed forces previously two years can be recalled and deployed at COVID-19 amenities close to their properties.