Indian Army launches ‘Operation Namasthe’ to fight Covid-19

As coronavirus cases continue to mount in the country, the Indian Army is extending its helping hand to the civil administration in dealing with Covid-19 pandemic in Jammu and Kashmir.

Called ‘Operation Namaste’, the initiative aims to assist the civil administration in its preventive and mitigation efforts to counter Covid spread. The army has set up quarantine centres for its own personnel and civilians. The Army has been put on stand by mode if situation goes beyond control of the civil administration.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday chaired a meeting with all three defence chiefs to take stock of the preparedness.

 According to Army officers, the Army is fully prepared to take up any responsibility if situation arises. It has set up 17 corona helplines in J&K and Ladakh. Besides, the Army will set up quarantine facilities across India.

Meanwhile, the 34-year-old jawan from Leh who was tested positive on March 16 while he was on leave to take care of his infected father, has recovered. The soldier was quarantined at the Ladakh Heart Foundation after he came in contact with his father who had returned from a pilgrimage in Iran and tested positive.