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J&K: Indian Army's civilian outreach to fight Corona Virus emulates national spirit
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Issue Net Edition | Date : 05 Apr , 2020

Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh are facing their own set of challenges while combating the COVID 19 (Corona/Chinese) Virus. While there was worry about Ladakh earlier, now Kashmir is emerging as a cause of concern. Ladakh, of course,  is not completely out of the danger zone, one infection case has come up in district Kargil on April, 2, 13 days after the last case was identified. The process of Quarantine and isolation will have to continue over there.

Jammu and Kashmir has recorded more than 60 active cases with nearly 50 reported in Kashmir alone. The high number in Kashmir is due to many people having been out of the state when the virus broke out. Sadly, a large number among them did not go into self isolation and also hid their travel history; as a result now 17,041 people are under active surveillance. It is to the credit of the state administration that it has in place a very effective contact tracing system that is controlling the spread to a great degree.

The Indian Army is keeping alive it tryst with people of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh by coming forward unilaterally to assist in every manner possible. The Army formations in the two Union Territories are providing all infrastructure and facilities that the administration requires to boost its resources.  Representatives of the Army are regularly attending multi agency meetings to remain conversant with the response mechanism. Sustenance assistance in terms of rations, basic medicines, water, transportation, airlift etc is being provided seamlessly, without involvement of red tape, requisitions etc.

Army doctors are carrying out regular interaction with civilian medical authorities to work out modalities for management of  the COVID and Non-COVID patients. Plans for segregation of hospitals are being worked out jointly.  The army is, in a quiet, sure footed manner, preparing to meet the possibility of a quarantine surge with creation of facilities in anticipation. It is being termed as the crisis expansion protocol. The army has also created modified protective kits thorough its famed innovation resourcefulness.

The Army’s biggest contribution is in creating awareness on measure to be adopted to avoid infection. It has in place a number of Hash Tags, like #StayHomeStaySafe; #OpNamaste #CoronaMuktAwam among others with which it passes simple, pithy and easily understandable messages. Great effort is being put in to adapt the advisories with multi-media sources ranging from videos and  audios in social media (WhatsApp, Twitter Face Book et al) to brochures, pamphlets, banners and leaflets etc. PA systems, local TV Cable systems and Hailers are being used to spread the message, especially so, among own troops and families.

A good method of convincing the people to adhere to the norms is emphasising that these form part of the “Best Practices” evolved by the army for itself. Videos on these best practices are being shown in various forums. Senior Army medical officers in uniform are recording videos explaining the basics of the Virus and the steps required to be taken to avoid infection.

The campaign has an added advantage of being initiated by the army, an institution on which the people, especially in Kashmir, repose a high degree of trust and confidence. It is being taken very seriously by the people. In view of it scale, reach and trust factor, the campaign is turning out to be very successful.

The Army has also identified such people of the labour and daily wagers class who need support and made for them provision of ration, water soap, sanitizer, masks and all other items required to pass through these difficult times. Among these are migrant labour from other states who are in dire need of assistance. The assistance is being given after application of all social distancing norms prescribed by the medical authorities.

While the most needy are being given special attention, others in need are not being ignored; helpline numbers have been prominently displayed and given to all Government offices and community leaders, any call for assistance is promptly responded to. After taking all precautions, Army Kharait (well being) Patrols are being sent to civilian areas for checking out that all is well

The need to preserve water, whose use it gaining epic proportions due to frequent hand washing, is another core area that the army is focusing on. Within the service, methodologies have been laid out to offset the extra and essential use by preserving from the non-essentials. A concerted attempt is being made to sensitise the people in this regard.

The army is running many education initiatives from the Goodwill Schools to Super-30 and similar porgrammes. In order to ensure that education does not suffer, an attempt is being made to provide access to the students to Digital learning applications. In a novel initiative, the Srinagar based Chinar Corps has collaborated with @extramarks & @iDreams for ensuring unimpeded academic pursuits for the students of Kashmir.

The army is alive to the fact that a Corona spread within would have serious repercussions. It is for this reason that assistance is being provided to the civil administration only after taking all prescribed medical precautions. Internally, the army has evolved extensive procedures for safety of all ranks and families. These are being assiduously followed in unit lines, offices, formation headquarters and all other essential institutions. Institutions like canteens and shopping centres, without which normal life is possible, have been shut down altogether.

The world is in the receiving end of the biggest challenge of the century as posed by the COVID 19 Virus. Ultimately, human spirit will prevail and things will  get back to normal. When that happens, it is the manner in which people helped each other that will be remembered. India is putting up a valiant fight, which has resulted in  the lowest numbers of deaths in this highly populous country.  The spirit being exhibited in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh by the people and the Indian Army soldiers is praiseworthy emulates the spirit of India.

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Col Jaibans Singh

is a reputed Geo-strategic analyst, columnist and author of Jammu and Kashmir: The Tide Turns.

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  1. Now India is doomed – as it is too late to do mass testing – as the testing infrastructure does not exist and Indians will pillage the state – if millions are quarantined.It is the prophecy of Churchill – pullulation leads to pollution and destruction.

    The virus will live for a million years and will wipe out 20% of the Indian population in 12-15 months – capturing the thermal,irradiation and
    atmospheric variants across the nation – to complete the karmic mutation

    The Chaiwala has allowed the virus to multiply and mutate.He should have sealed the borders in January 2020.USA has reconciled to losing 100-200,000 people and to keep the engines running. The Indian engine will stop running at 1000 dead.

    This is the pathetos of the Hindoo nation – and its state of preparation for a bio-weapon.A N-disaster has a clear geographic co-ordinate and spread.This is the salvation for the Pakistanis and PRC – the future – bio warfare – where the agent of the enemy,hides inside the bodies of dead and sentient humans – the ultimate weapon – at the lowest cost. A point to note for the Doctor Zuwahiri – as the decaying human body parts,are,in essence an aerobic digester – and easy to destroy.

    PRC can use draconian measures to quarantine, and the Pakistani geography, is also manageable – and so, will not lose much,in a bio-war.The only nation which has the fatal mix of a vast geography,density of population,weird and satanic customs and rituals and a fart of a democracy – is India, and which makes it a prime candidate for a bio war target.

    What will these clowns do in a full scale N and Bio/Chemical war ? Time beckoneth Chaiwala to tactically nuke out parts of Hindoosthan – just like, in the Hindoo Mahabharata – there is no other way.

    The man was born to doom Hindoosthan and the Hindoos.His solution is to switch off the lights for 9 minutes at 9 pm and light candles,torches and cell phone lights – the sign of impending and inevitable doom.dindooohindoo

  2. he Bureau of Immigration would have data of all incoming traffic at all ports of Hindoosthan – and the duration of stay in India and exit ports. – which could be bio-trailed by the pandoo police (left-right-left-right)

    Soon Indian Muslims will not be able to bury their dead,as the virus will live therein and if animals eat the bodies – then it will be paradise.

    Indian Banking and industry are doomed in 1 stroke, and agriculture will soon follow, in a few months. Chinese manufacturing and energy
    infrastructure is strategically spread all across the nation and all across the sea coast.

    Considering the Indians who are hiding symptoms or are not showing symptoms and the spread to Indians by active carriers in 30 days – the plague will hit at least 10000 times the number of the current infected – which is 3000.

    USA tested 1 million and had 2,00,000 cases – in a literate nation, wherein people volunteered of their volition.Indian statistics are bogus – as the Indians have tested several random people, in possible and proximate contact.The Indians have tested 70000 clowns and have found 3000 cases – which is a misleading statistic – as at least half of the tests are just a waste of time – but the Indians think they are immune and special – and mighty better than the white man.

    If 100 million tests on Indians,are done 45 days from today, at least 20% will be infected, and at least half will die – as there is no cure, there is no infrastructure and there will be no medicines, and the doctors and the pandoo police will also die.The dead bodies cannot be thrown in the Ganga , as it will contaminate the water life for a million years,and there will be no wood to burn the bodies.dindooohindoo

  3. The Disaster of the Chaiwala – again !

    The penta-gonia has been completed.The disaster of the Chaiwala from Demonetisation,GST,Sir-Jee-Kal Strike,Balakot and then came , the COVID (The Fifth Pincer)

    The words of Beruni are prophetic,in this regard.

    – The Hindus believe that there is no country but theirs, no nation like theirs, no kings like theirs, no religion like theirs, no science like theirs.
    – They are haughty, foolishly vain, self-conceited, and stolid.
    – They are by nature niggardly in communicating that which they know, and they take the greatest possible care to withhold it from men of another caste among their own people,still much more, of course, from any foreigner

    Chaiwala though he was special,along with his countrymen -aka, from the Lost Tribe of Israel.Those fantas-ical land – statistical contortions by the Indians, that the numbers were doubling at the lowest rate in Hindoo-land – lapped up by the lackeys in the Hindoo Media – made them feel mighty special – just like the sons of Rama. This is what happens Hindoos study Statistics and Maths.dindooohindoo

    The Chaiwala had a simple formula.He did not do any testing at all.He waited for people to come to test,and then die.At least 30000 people die in India every day and Indians,like tardigrades, are infested with so many diseases – that no one takes a cold/cough seriously – until it is time to die – a euphemism for visiting the Indian doctor. The Chaiwala’s dream punch line would have been – that his dubious curfew ,which was unplanned, and w/o any application of mind – worked.

    The fat clown should have restricted passenger traffic across states and done mass testing and quarantining, in select states,with international traffic and NRI traffic..If the % of those tested positive, was in excess of a norm – then he should have curfew-ed that whole region or state – and then moved to the next geography.Tdindooohindoo

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