“Emergency Financial Powers” to Armed Forces to tackle pandemic

What is the News?

The Union defence ministry has granted emergency financial powers to the country’s armed forces. This is to empower their efforts against the Covid-19 pandemic.

About Emergency Financial Powers to Armed Forces:
  • The Emergency Financial Powers will allow armed forces to establish and operate quarantine facilities and hospitals.
  • Besides, it will also help them to operate and procure equipment and resources to perform any required urgent tasks.
  • The armed forces will be able to perform all these operations without the usual clearances.
Who has these powers?
  • Vice Chiefs of the armed forces including the Chief Of Integrated Defence Staff, Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee(CISC) and General Officer Commanding-in-Chiefs(GOC-in-Cs) have these powers. Further, similar equivalents of all three Services have been given full powers.
  • Further, Corps Commanders and Area Commanders have been delegated powers up to ₹50 lakh per case
  • Also, Division Commanders, Sub Area Commanders and equivalents have been delegated powers up to ₹20 lakh per case.
Duration:
  • These powers have been devolved initially for three months from May 1 to July 31, 2021.
  • These are in addition to the emergency powers delegated to the medical officers of the armed forces.
Other Organizations contribution during the pandemic:
  • Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is arranging big size oxygen cylinders for fulfilling requirements of different hospitals.
  • The Navy has sent a 76-member medical contingent from five Naval hospitals to the 900-bed COVID hospital in Ahmedabad. This is to bolster the availability of trained manpower.
  • The Cantonment Boards have extended support to civil administration in various parts of the country to fight over the increase in Covid-19 cases.

Source: The Hindu

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