In a fight with COVID-19, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Director General A.P. Maheshwari has increased the financial power of force offices and departments heads to procure medicines, sanitisers and personal protective gears. It has been increased from Rs 25,000 to Rs 2.5 lakh.
In an interaction with IANS, the 1984-batch IPS officer said they have extended a helping hand to the state agencies in combating the menace of COVID-19 as best as possible “With our pan India presence, it is desirable that we offer our resources to the states in our respective areas of deployment to augment the resources of states who are the first responders wherever they feel any gaps/deficiency,” he said.
He pointed that the force is providing space and infrastructure for specialised teams, medicines and equipment to the states in fight with COVID-19.
“In close coordination with the state administration, we are study their needs and appraise our resources accordingly and then offer services to the states where ever needed,” he said.
The force, of around 3.24 lakh personnel, is also providing transports and logistics support to the states, apart from providing administrative and manpower support. They are also helping in creating awareness among public.
Apart from that, the force is also providing cooked food and ration items to the needy people.
Maheshwari told IANS that he has issued a detailed direction for him men to that they remain safe and thereafter work in the fight against the deadly COVID-19.