Indian Air Force (IAF) Continues to Provide Relief to Stranded Persons of Earthquake Hit Nepal- Operation Maitri

Indian Air Force (IAF) Continues to Provide Relief to Stranded Persons of Earthquake Hit Nepal- Operation Maitri

Stepping up efforts to help Nepal which was struck by severe earthquakes, the IAF is providing relief to the people in distress  across Nepal including remote and  inaccessible areas.  The details of operations carried out so far are as under :-

Today, critical requirements for Nepal were sent by two transport aircraft, first by an IL-76 which contained utensils, vegetables and a 21 member ‘Langar’  team, tents,  water.  Another C-17 aircraft with 56 tonnes of load containing tents and  water was  sent in the day.  A third transport aircraft i.e, a C-17 is planned to leave in the night, which will carry tents and MRE (Meals Ready to Eat).  Two more aircraft are planned tomorrow  containing a ‘Langar’  team from Punjab Govt. and blankets.

Six IAF Medium Lift Helicopters (MLH) are positioned at Kathmandu.  Two MLHs are positioned at Pokahra.  Helicopter sorties are scheduled to be carried out to Lukla, Dhading, Millanchi and Gorkha today.  The most affected areas where casualty evacuation  were carried in the past few days are Chautara, Charikot, Dhading, Melum, Lukla, Aroghat, Dhunche, Trishuli, Ramchap, Barpak, Narayan Chor, Namchi Bazar and Tatopani.

It would be pertinent to note that transport and helicopter aircraft are being utilised extensively for Human Assistance Disaster Relief (HADR) operations. The Indian Air Force, after proving its mettle in bringing succor to scores of people after Yemen evacuation this month, Jammu & Kashmir in September last year, has once again risen to the occasion and added a pioneering chapter  in Disaster Relief by bringing relief to the needy and evacuate them from earthquake hit areas in Nepal. The Indian Air Force reaffirms its commitment towards Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Operations in support of the nation.


Operation Maitri (Update as at 5 pm on 30 Apr)

Disaster relief operations in Nepal  by the Army as part of the National response continues.  As part of the ongoing operations, Indian Army Medical Teams, Army Aviation Helicopters and Engineer Task Forces(ETF) reached out to affected population.  The command and control centers at Kathmandu and Pokhara are being augmented by additional officers. Army Relief Convoy moving by road is likely to reach Gorkha  tomorrow.

            Following stores have been/ are being inducted by the Army :-      

(a)        Army Aviation Helicopters have carried out Casualty evacuation of 110 people and rescued 120 stranded people on 29 Apr. A total of 49.4  tonnes of relief material has been disbursed on 29 Apr and 15.3 tonnes on 30 Apr, by Army and Air Force Helicopters. One additional ALH was inducted today to Pokhara (total 5 ALH as of date) and two Cheetah helicopters are standby at Gorakhpur.

            (b)        Three Field Hospitals are providing medical succor to the affected population. Operation Theatre, Lab, x-Ray, Triage Centre and Dental facilities have been activated. Mobile Medical Teams out of these hospitals are located at Barpak,  Rajdalgarh and seven more locations in Gorkha district. A total of 1,740 persons have been provided medical aid till now (210 patients treated including 20 surgeries performed today).

 (c)       A total of three ETFs have been inducted into Nepal. The Engineer team at Barpak are opening roads to establish road communication and have also extricated 6 Casualties.  The ETF at Jorbat & Basantpur is involved in clearance of collapsed buildings and debris.

             (d)      One Aircraft is being sent with blankets, Tarpaulins, tents and plastic sheets, while another aircraft will carry similar stores to Kathmandu tomorrow.  Vehicle convoy from Kanpur will reach Gorkha tomorrow with 4,950 blankets, 525 tents, 50 tarpaulin and 800 plastic sheets.


Enhancing Military Capabilities is the Top Priority– Manohar Parrikar

The Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar has said that his top priority is to enhance military capabilities of the country with due focus on modernization of the armed forces. Inaugurating a two-day Controllers’ Conference of Defence Accounts Department, here today, he said, high serviceability levels of equipment and weapon systems and high morale of soldiers is also necessary which is possible with an effective and optimum resource utilisation. He stressed on working as an integrated whole with shared resources of data and information, specifically in area of pension, payments, compilation and accounting preferably on real time basis. The Defence Minister emphasized that faster and transparent decision making and focus on "Make in India" are the two pillars of our strategy for leapfrogging our economy to a higher growth. Shri Parrikar cautioned the Defence Accounts officials against any attack of hackers on their database.

Shri Parrikar also inaugurated Pension Call Centre for dealing the queries from the pensioners and their families regarding their entitlement and pension payments. The Pension call centre for Army pensioners has been established in the office of PCDA (Pension) at Allahabad and can be accessed through the toll free number 1800 180 5321. The Defence Minister also hinted that an order regarding implementation of One-Rank-One-Pension (OROP) may be issued very soon. He said after the implementation of OROP the pension related anomalies will be reduced. On this occasion a statistical hand book on defence expenditure was also released by the Defence Minister. Earlier, Director General of Bureau of Indian Standard (BIS) Shri MJ Joseph presented a ISO 9001 certificate to Controller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA) Shri Arvind Kaushal for its Delhi Defence Accounts Office.

Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, Chief of Army Staff General Dalbir Singh, CGDA Shri Arvind Kaushal and Financial Advisor (Defence Services) Ms Vandana Srivastava were amongst the dignitaries who graced the inaugural function.

The theme of the conference is 'Good Governance through strategic collaboration. During the conference, four business sessions concerning shared Database, E-Governance, Strengthening of IFAs System and HRD issues have been planned covering the Department's working and emphasizing synergy with its client etc. of the defence services. Senior officer of the department as well as defence forces will lead the panel discussions on these issues and provide a road map for collaborated system improvements.


Government Committed to Strengthening the Preparedness of Defence Forces: Will Provide full support to the Navy for its Modernisation and Developmental Plans: Rao Inderjit Singh

The Indian Navy’s Air Arm has completed over 60 years of yeoman service to the Nation. Since its inception in 1953, it has grown slowly and steadily into a strong arm of the Indian Navy with a large fleet of aircraft comprising carrier borne Fighters, ship-borne Helicopters, Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft and UAVs. Considering the myriad tasks of Naval Aviation and its poise for unprecedented growth, a Naval Aviation Seminar has been organized by the Indian Navy on the theme “Indian Naval Air Arm - Transforming for Future Challenges” to discuss and debate on the ‘way ahead’.

The two day seminar commenced today (30 Apr 15) at Dr DS Kothari Auditorium, DRDO Bhavan, New Delhi with the key note address delivered by Admiral RK Dhowan, Chief of the Naval Staff. The Chief Guest for the seminar Shri P Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Minister of Civil Aviation and the Guest of Honour Rao Inderjit Singh, Minister of State for Defence also addressed the audience. The seminar was attended by a large number of senior naval aviators including Admirals RH Tahiliani, Arun Prakash and Sureesh Mehta, who retired as Chief of the Naval Staff. Eminent personalities from the field of aviation, both from the serving as well as retired officers of the Armed Forces and the industry including experts from friendly foreign countries shared their experiences in the field of naval aviation and emerging technologies.

During his address, the hon’ble Raksha Rajya Mantri Rao Inderjit Singh stated that ensuring a multi-dimensional Navy which is capable of securing our growing interests in our near and extended neighbourhood is of highest priority to us at the Ministry of Defence. He further stated that the Government is committed to strengthening the preparedness of the Defence Forces and will provide full support to the Navy for its modernisation and development plans. “The importance of the ‘winged component’ of the Navy – its Air Arm – is well understood at the highest echelons and we are indeed looking at equipping the Indian Navy with a whole array of aircraft to meet the myriad tasks with which it is regularly tasked” said the minister.

The seminar would provide a platform to the strategic community, professional naval aviators and the aviation industry to discuss contemporary aspects of Maritime Air Operations especially Aircraft Carrier operations. There would also be deliberation on the positive impact of ‘Make in India’ initiative in the Aerospace sector whilst stimulating an intense and meaningful professional discussion amongst all stakeholders.

The seminar would bring out the scope and opportunities in developing our nascent aerospace sector in time with the ‘Make in India’initiative outlined by the Government. The seminar also envisages enhancing the synergy between DRDO, PSUs and the private sector as a spin off.
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