The Navy chief said that the armed forces are seeing landmark defence reforms with the establishment of Department of Military Affairs, institution of Chief of Defence Staff and theatre of commands.
The drones arriving shortly are more advanced than the Herons in the existing inventory and their anti-jamming capability is much better than their previous versions, the sources said.
MoD has also granted extension to the Short Service Commissioned doctors of AFMS till December 31, 2021 which has augmented the strength by 238 more doctors.
The IAF has kept 16 transport aircraft and 18 helicopters on operation readiness in peninsular India in the wake of the cyclone.
The order says fixed monthly lump sum amount will be admissible by deducting the basic pension from the salary drawn at the time of retirement plus specialist pay wherever applicable.
COVID-19: Rajnath Singh grants emergency financial powers to armed forces to set up health facilities
Under these powers, vice chiefs of armed forces will be able to clear procurement proposals, officials said.
“The positivity rate in the state is almost 22 per cent and almost all hospitals are overwhelmed with patients, he stated.
Similarly, the court directed the State Government and BBMP to contact the South Western Railway to take over the beds available with the Railways in Bengaluru, Mysuru and Hubballi.
PM Modi also reviewed the operations being undertaken by IAF to transport oxygen and other essentials in India and abroad.
Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat also said they are creating medical facilities in large numbers and military medical infrastructure will be made available to civilians, where ever possible.
When the SVP facility was reopened for COVID-19 patients on April 19 in Delhi, its 250 beds were occupied within two hours, the Defence Ministry said on Saturday.
Rajnath Singh reviews COVID-19 situation, Ministry of Defence increases its efforts to handle crisis
The IAF has also been transporting essential medicines as well as equipment required by the designated COVID hospitals in various parts of the country.
As per the order, delegated DGsMS (Army/Navy/Air Force) will have financial powers up to Rs 5 crore.
Of the 14-lakh-strong armed forces more than 12.5 lakh have received the first dose whereas the full vaccine schedule has been completed for more than 7 lakh soldiers.
The defence minister has also advised the army establishments to aid state governments in dealing with the pandemic.