Never seen such synergy among 3 services, not letting guard down on borders: CDS Bipin Rawat exclusive

As India battles a devastating wave of coronavirus an infection, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat mentioned the armed forces are utilising all of the assets to deal with the Covid disaster within the nation. Speaking completely with India Today TV, General Bipin Rawat mentioned whereas there are constraints in dealing with the coronavirus disaster, “such synergy between the three armed forces has never been seen before”.

India is scuffling with the second wave of coronavirus an infection as hospitals in a number of states are reeling underneath a scarcity of oxygen and beds. As Covid instances spiked in India, overwhelming the hospitals throughout a number of states and inflicting oxygen shortages, which resulted in lots of deaths, the Indian Air Force was roped in for the worldwide operations.

The three companies in addition to different wings of the defence ministry have been extending assist to varied state governments and union territories in coping with an enormous spike in coronavirus instances.

Speaking about how the armed forces are being mobilised to make sure the transportation of oxygen to areas missing oxygen manufacturing capabilities, General Bipin Rawat mentioned, “Unfortunately, the armed forces do not have the capacity to generate oxygen. We do not have oxygen plants; even for our own hospitals, we bank on agencies to provide us with oxygen.”

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“To transport oxygen in rural and other areas of the country, we are buying oxygen concentrators. We have generators in case there’s no electricity supply. We make sure people get oxygen concentrators and gradually we are making sure the oxygen concentrators move forward as much as possible. We are expecting about 5,000 concentrators being made available to us…these will be deployed in areas where we find a lack of oxygen.”

“Unfortunately, the filled cylinders cannot be lifted by air. That is a restriction,” General Bipin Rawat mentioned. General Bipin Rawat mentioned the armed forces are working collectively. He mentioned states which have the very best variety of Covid-19 instances, have been recognized. “We are utilising all resources to help India overcome the overwhelming situation,” Gen Bipin Rawat mentioned.

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“The line of coordination is well-defined and we all work together to maximum utilisation of our resources. States have been identified and attention has been given to those states,” General Bipin Rawat mentioned.

He additionally mentioned the armed forces have created new hospital infrastructures, new assets, and have put in important objects to serve the needy because the nation fights the devastating second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.


General Bipin Rawat additionally mentioned such synergy between the three armed companies to serve the nation has by no means been seen earlier than.

(*3*) General Bipin Rawat mentioned.


When requested how the virus has impacted service personnel contemplating the intensive deployment of personnel alongside the borders because the Chinese risk continues to loom, General Bipin Rawat mentioned, “Troops that are required to be deployed to the front line, we make sure they undergo tests [Covid], they undergo quarantine before they are deployed forward.”

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“It is leading to a delay in the deployment but we can’t let our guard down to make sure Covid-19 doesn’t spread among the personnel deployed on the front line,” General Bipin Rawat mentioned.


Asked if there’s a concern that China would possibly create mischief alongside the border as India battles the Covid, General Bipin Rawat mentioned, “We carry out risk assessment and risk analysis from time to time. In the times of Covid, we have carried out ‘what can happen?’. We have made sure we have a minimal presence on the borders to prevent being surprised. We are maintaining reserve forces in-depth areas to ensure that should something go wrong, we are able to position troops at the place of our choosing.”

“While we are taking some degree of risk because we also have to support the people and some people [personnel] have been pulled back in our effort to serve the nation, after carrying out the risk assessment and risk analysis, we have identified areas where we think we need to keep our guard higher.

Earlier, Gen Bipin Rawat had called upon the armed forces to rise to the occasion and support the civil administrations across the country in dealing with the pandemic as well as creating mitigation facilities in a time-bound manner.

“Our women and men in uniform have the need and dedication to interrupt limitations and stroll the additional mile, at all times and each time,” Gen Rawat said.

In April, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met CDS Gen Bipin Rawat, Army chief Gen MM Naravane, IAF chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria and Navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh to review the operations being carried out by the armed forces. The Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy are part of mission oxygen.

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