Corona Virus Current Affairs - 2020

Ex-Service Men rise to “Service Before Self” to fight COVID-19

The Indian Army serves under the motto “Service Before Self”. Continuing to live with the motto even after retirement, the department of Ex-service men operating under Ministry of Defence took the initiative to mobilize ex-servicemen to assist state and district administration.

Highlights

The Zila Sainik Boards and Rajya Sainik Boards are currently identifying Ex-Service men volunteers. They are to be deployed in management of quarantine facilities, community surveillance and data collection at village and district levels.

Significance

With the number of COVID-19 cases raising in India, there is high demand for work forces to help contain the disease. In this scenario, trained disciplined profession army men are precious resource of the country to exploit in.

Currenly, the state of Punjab has deployed 4,200 Ex-Service men volunteers in assisting data collection form villages. The Chhattisgarh government has deployed them to assist the state police force. In Uttarakhand they are deployed in district control rooms.

Exercise NCC Yogdan launched to fight COVID-19

On April 2, 2020, the National Cadet Corps (NCC) launched “Exercise NCC Yogdan” to offer a helping hand to the authorities fighting against COVID-19.

Highlights

Under the exercise, the NCC cadets are envisaged to work in call centres and helpline centres formed exclusively for COVID-19, community assistance, distribution of relief materials, medicines and other essential food commodities, data management and traffic management.

The Plan

Under the exercise, the senior NCC volunteers above 18 years of age are to be employed. The plan is to use the NCC force to assist state governments. However, NCC operates under Ministry of Defence. Therefore, the state governments have to place request to the state NCC directorates upon using NCC volunteer to assist in their relief measures.

About NCC

The NCC is the largest uniformed organization in the country. Also, it the largest youth organization in the country. They are often deployed during natural calamities such as floods, cyclones, etc.