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PM asks IAF to ramp up speed, scale & safety in transporting oxygen tankers

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday asked Air Chief Marshall RKS Bhadauria to ramp up speed, scale and safety in transporting oxygen tankers and other essential materials.

While reviewing the Indian Air Force (IAF) efforts in Covid relief operation, Mr Modi noted that Air Force personnel engaged in the relief operation, needs to remain safe from the infection. There was a need to ensure safety of all Covid-19 related operations, he added.

Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria informed him that IAF has been deploying big as well as medium sized aircraft to cover all terrains while providing logistics support in Covid management .

The IAF Chief, who called up the PM today, also informed that a dedicated ‘COVID Air Support Cell’ has been set up to ensure faster co-ordination with different ministries and agencies to Covid related operations.

PM Modi also inquired about the health of IAF personnel and their families, upon which ACM Bhadauria apprised him that near saturation vaccination coverage has been achieved in the IAF.

He also informed the PM that hospitals under IAF have increased covid facilities and also allowing civilians wherever possible.

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