The Indian Army’s Northern Command devised a four-pronged strategy, including running awareness campaigns, to support the civil administration fight the coronavirus pandemic even while delivering on its commitments on the security and law and order fronts, its chief Lt Gen Y K Joshi has said.
He said the force reached out to the distressed population in the rural, remote and mountainous areas of the union territory through hundreds of Covid patrols’ to lend help in the fight. The Northern Command is an operational command guarding the sensitive borders with China and Pakistan, and also countering the proxy war in J&K, he said.
The Army commander said while this was their primary focus, we were also seized with our responsibilities to the citizens of our nation. Despite heavy operational commitments and the need to keep the force safe from Covid-19, the Command carved out a four-pronged strategy to support the civil administration and serve the people of the UTs of J&K and Ladakh, Lt Gen Joshi said.
The four aspects of the strategy included: raising awareness about Covid-19, offering medical services to the ex-service personnel and their dependents to take the load off the civil assets, allowing the use of military medical assets for civil population, and pro-actively helping boost the capacities of the civil administration to meet the increased demand during the second wave of Covid, he said.