RAKSHA MANTRI REVIEWS PREPAREDNESS OF MOD AND ARMED FORCES AMID SPIKE IN COVID-19 CASES

    27-Apr-2021   
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On April 20, 2021, Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh reviewed the preparedness of MoD and Armed Forces to deal with the recent spike in COVID-19 cases across the country. He was informed about:
 
  • Establishment of COVID care centre by HAL in Bengaluru
  • Re-establishment of COVID-19 facility and effort to increase beds from 250 to 500 at Delhi.
  • Progress on the establishment of COVID hospital at Patna, Muzaffarpur, Lucknow, Varanasi and Ahmedabad.
  • Technology-based on On-Board Oxygen Generation Technology developed for LCA Tejas, and a 1000 litre/minute capacity oxygen generation plants technology has been given to the industry. UP government has placed the order of 5 such plants with the industry.
  • Availability of DRDO developed SpO2 supplemental Oxygen Delivery System for soldiers posted at extreme high-altitude areas for Covid-19 patients.

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Raksha Mantri asked the DPSUs, OFB and DRDO to work on war footing to provide oxygen cylinders and extra beds to civil administration/state governments at the earliest. He asked the Armed Forces to:
 
  • Be in close contact with State Government and be ready to provide any required assistance.
  • Procure critical medical requirements under emergency powers of procurement.
  • Utilise services of vaccinated ESMs to assist the civil administration to deal with the current situation.