Amid demands and suggestions of bringing the Armed Forces to handle relief logistics and also set-up warlike field hospitals to combat Covid-19, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday wrote about the response of the Defence Ministry and the Armed Forces in “fighting the invisible enemy”, calling it a “once in a century crisis”.
“Sensing the emergency situation, the whole Government machinery immediately swung into action by mobilizing all possible resources. Along with the efforts put together by the scientific community, health professionals, civil administration, the Armed Forces too have pitched in this battle against an invisible yet deadly enemy.”
Singh wrote that the Indian Army, Air Force, Navy, and other organisations of the Ministry of Defence, like DG AFMS, DRDO, OFB, DPSU, NCC, Cantonments Boards, etc, “are engaged to help mitigate the sufferings of the people. Mobilisation of additional health professionals, setting up of new COVID facilities, deployment of IAF transport aircraft and IN Ships to provide logistic support to facilitate the supply of oxygen from friendly foreign countries and within the country and setting up of new oxygen plants are some of the ongoing efforts of the Ministry of Defence”.
He recounted the steps taken in the past few weeks in aiding the Covid combat effort. Foremost, he said, “I have directed the Armed Forces to extend all possible assistance to the civil administration to tide over the…