Defence Current Affairs - 2020

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Ministry of Defence: One Day Salary to PM-CARES Fund; Rs 500 crore contribution

On March 29, 2020, Ministry of Defence approved the proposal to contribute one day salary of the employees to the PM-CARES fund. This will amount to Rs 500 crores.

Highlights

The salary will collectively include funds from Army, Air Force, Navy and other Defence PSUs. The contribution is voluntary and employees willing to opt out are to be exempted.

Legislation

The Army Act, 1950 allows to make such deductions from the salary of the army personnel. However, only authorized deductions are allowed. This is ruled under Section 25 of Army Act, 1950.

Currently, the defence Personnel are paid under the 7th Central Pay Commission.

Pay Commission

The Pay Commission is set up by the GoI. It recommends changes to the salary structure of Government Employees including Defence personnel. So far, 7 pay commissions have been set up in the Indian history since independence.

First Pay commission

The first pay commission was set up in 1947 under the leadership of Srinivasa Varadachariar. It was called the Post war pay committee. In 1947-48, the Indo-Pakistani war or the first Kashmir war was fought. The committee did not mention about pension benefits of the defence personnel. The pension of the defence forces were fixed by a separate committee called the “Armed Forces Pension Revision Committee” set up in 1949-50.

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Indian Army launches “Operation Namaste” to combat COVID-19

On March 27, 2020, the Indian Army launched “Operation Namaste” to contain the spread of Corona Virus in the country. Under the operation, the army will help the Government of India fight against the deadly disease.

Highlights

Under the operation, Indian Army has established 8 quarantine so far. Also, Command wise help line numbers have been established. Facilities for the families of the army men have been arranged to visit nearest camps in case of emergency while they are away serving the country.

Army has also issued guidelines for army men to keep themselves safe as it is difficult to maintain social distancing due to operational and tactical reasons.

Contingency Plan

The Indian Army has also prepared a Contingency plan at a six-hour notice. This includes 45 isolated bed facilities, 10 ICU beds and mobilization of medical teams on call. The plan has been prepared after analyzing the spread and containment of the virus in other countries.

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