New Delhi: – The Chief of Defence Staff (India), General Bipin Rawat, has announced ‘On Sunday, the Defence Forces of India will salute the warriors fighting against the Coronavirus to express the country’s gratitude towards them. The defence forces will hold special drills and parades in all the corners of the country for this purpose.” General Rawat also said that all the three defence forces have made all the necessary preparations for the fight against Coronavirus.
The lockdown has been extended till the 17th of May to contain the Coronavirus pandemic. The defence forces will salute the innumerable ‘Corona Warriors’ like doctors, nurses, conservancy workers, police, home guards, delivery boys and the media on the 3rd of May.
General Rawat said in the press conference that the jets of the Indian Airforce would conduct a flypast in every corner of the country from Srinagar in Jammu-Kashmir to Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala to Dibrugarh in Assam to Kutch in Gujarat. Thereafter, the Mountain Band of the Indian Army will play near the hospitals, providing services to the Coronavirus patients.
General Rawat informed that the naval warships will hold special drills and will shower flowers on the hospitals near the coast from helicopters. The Army will be garlanding the police memorials at various places. This is for the first time that the Indian defence forces have been involved in such an activity.
General Rawat expressed confidence that the country will emerge victorious in the battle against Coronavirus as all the citizens of the country are united in the fight. The Indian defence forces have made all the preparations for the fight against the pandemic, and isolation centres have started at some locations. Chief of Army Staff, General Manoj Mukund Naravane, has informed that 14 soldiers from the Indian Army had been infected with Coronavirus. However, five soldiers have already joined their duties, following a complete recovery. Naval chief, Admiral Karambir Singh, informed that the fleet of warships is ready and waiting for orders to evacuate Indian citizens stranded in the Gulf.