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Defence Minister assesses COVID relief efforts of armed forces

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday assessed endeavours of the Armed Forces, defence public sector undertakings (DPSUs), and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in India’s fight against the second wave of the COVID-19. 

At a video conference, Defence Minister was briefed about initiatives of the Army, Navy, and Air Force as well as other wings of the Defence Ministry in helping civilian authorities deal with the situation. 

The meeting was attended by Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, Army Chief General Naravane, Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh, Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria, and DRDO Chairman G Satheesh Reddy, among others. 

“Raksha Mantri Shri @rajnathsingh chairing a meeting of secretaries, CDS, service chiefs, and Ministry of Defence officials via video conferencing to review the actions taken by the ministry and armed forces in India’s fight against COVID-19 pandemic,” Singh’s office tweeted.  

The Indian Army and the Indian Navy have set up many hospitals in many states for COVID patients. Whereas, the Indian Air Force deployed a significant number of its transport aircraft to airlift cryogenic oxygen tanks and other emergency medical supplies from several countries, including Singapore, Thailand, and the UAE. 

The Indian Navy also deployed nine warships to bring filled oxygen containers to India from countries in the Gulf region and Southeast Asia.  

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