IAF Maintaining 24×7 Readiness For Covid Relief Operations: IAF Chief

(This was originally posted in India Today by Abhishek Bhalla)

Indian Air Force (IAF) Chief RKS Bhadauria briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday on the fleet’s operations, including airlifting oxygen containers from abroad and domestic.

“Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria informed the Prime Minister that the IAF has ordered 24×7 readiness of the entire heavy-lift fleet and substantial numbers of the medium-lift fleet to operate in a hub and spoke model to rapidly meet all Covid-related tasks across the country and overseas,” said the press release.

The IAF chief informed that the force is deploying big as well as medium-sized aircraft to cover all terrains. He also briefed the PM about a dedicated Covid Air Support Cell set up by the IAF to ensure faster coordination with different ministries and agencies to Covid related operations. “Aircrew for all fleets have been augmented to ensure round the clock operations,” Air Chief Marshal said.

Taking to Twitter, PM Narendra Modi wrote: “Took stock of the ongoing efforts by the Indian Air Force to mitigate the Covid-19 situation. IAF is focussing on various aspects of Covid relief work, which is helping many citizens across the nation.”

PM Narendra Modi enquired about the health of the IAF personnel and their families. The Air Chief Marshal apprised him that near saturation vaccination coverage has been achieved in the IAF and that hospitals under IAF have increased Covid facilities while also facilitating treatment for civilians wherever possible.

PM Modi stressed the need to increase the speed, scale and safety of operations in transporting oxygen tankers and other essential material. He also spoke about the need to ensure that the IAF personnel engaged in Covid-19 related operations remain safe from the infection. Meanwhile, the IAF airlifted nine cryogenic oxygen containers from Dubai and Singapore on Wednesday, transporting them to the Panagarh airbase in West Bengal.

India Today

Kartik Sud

I am working as a News Author With the DefenceXP network, Observing LOC and LAC

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