Defence & Security Current Affairs - 2019
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Indian Army has launched Mission Reach Out in Jammu to ensure basic essential services and necessities are available in region after the abrogation of Article 370 provisions and reorganisation of Jammu and Kashmir. In this regard, high level “Mission Reach Out” conference was held in the Nagrota Military Station to review the prevalent situation in the region.
Highlights of Conference
It was chaired by White Knight Corps Commander Lt Gen Paramjit Singh and was attended by Jammu Divisional Commissioner Sanjeev Verma, members of civil administration, representatives of J&K Police, CRPF, BSF and intelligence agencies.
It was aimed at bringing absolute synergy between Indian Army, civil administration and other security establishments in maintaining peace, harmony and conducive environment in J&K. It also discussed prevailing security scenario and preparedness of security agencies and civil administration.
About Mission Reach Out
Under it, Indian Army has undertaken numerous initiatives such as providing mobile medical care units with essential medicines and lady medical officers, providing water in locations where supply is disrupted. It also has supplied essentials, including rations, assistance in transportation of patients to hospitals. It also helped in facilitating people to speak to their near and dear ones through army exchange and creat safe environment for banks. ATMs, and hospitals to function.
Defence minister Rajnath Singh has approved extension of benefits of Child Care Leave (CCL) to single male service personnel as well as certain relaxations of CCL provisions in case of women officers of defence forces. Currently Child Care Leave (CCL) is granted only to women officers in defence forces.
This decision is in line with a recent Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) order which extended similar benefits of CCL to civilian employees.
Child Care Leave-
CCL in Defence Forces:
Single male service personnel as well as woman officers will be able to avail CCL in respect of child with 40% disability and would be availed without any restriction of age limit of child.
Minimum period of CCL that can be availed in each spell has been reduced to 5 days from earlier limit of 15 days.
CCL to Civilian Employees
DoPT has made following amendments to allow CCL to civilian employees –
CCL granted to woman employees has now been extended to single male government servants also.
Age limit of 22 years prescribed earlier in case of a child with 40 % disability has been removed for purpose of availing CCL.
Minimum period of CCL that can be availed at a time has been reduced to 5 days instead of 15 days.