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.

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