NEW DELHI: With India battling a deadly second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, chief of defence staff General Bipin Rawat on Tuesday called upon the 15-lakh strong armed forces to support civil administrations across the country in dealing with the crisis.
“This is the time for the armed forces to rise to the occasion and support civil administrations in creating Covid mitigation facilities in a timebound manner. Timely support at this juncture is important,” Gen Rawat said. “Our men and women in uniform have the will and dedication to break barriers and walk the extra mile, always and every time. We can and we will. Well done and carry on, we still have long distances to travel,” he added.
The armed forces are already working overtime to help civil administrations, set up hospitals and airlift doctors, medical supplies and large cryogenic oxygen containers to different parts of the country.
Gen Rawat had briefed PM Modi on Monday about the various measures undertaken by the armed forces.