New Delhi, April 20 (IANS) Indian Army put in stringent measures for personnel rejoining the force from leave, temporary duty or courses on Monday. The force also has classified all personnel into three categories — green, yellow and red, source said.
The personnel who have completed 14-day quarantine period come under green category, those who need to undergo the quarantine period come under yellow category and those who are symptomatic and require isolation and further treatment in COVID hospitals are put under Red category.
For personnel reporting back from leave, temporary duty or courses, they will be classified as yellow and will undergo 14-day quarantine period at the reporting station and unit.
These personnel will subsequently be moved from reporting station to duty station, unit in Army vehicles or Special Trains. “In case personnel do not move under supervision of military authorities, they will be considered Yellow and undergo the 14-day quarantine again,” said a Ministry of Defence official.
The force has planned broad modalities and guidelines for rejoining in a phased manner considering the numbers of individuals rejoining from leave, temporary duty or courses and the requirement for smooth reporting, quarantine and onward dispersal to units.
“Personal will rejoin only on receipt of specific instructions from units, formations, establishment that has granted leave or temporary duty,” the Indian Army has stressed.
The force also stated that any individual whose leave station is within 500 kms of unit or duty station is allowed to directly report to unit using private transport only and individual who do not fall within the 500 kms criteria will report to nearest unit or station headquarter in private vehicle only.
The force has placed all ranks of the Northern Command and all Army Medical Corps, Army Dental Corps and Military Nursing Services personnel under priority one.
Under priority two, all ranks of the eastern Command plus officers and key appointments of other Commands as decided by respective Commands.
Further all personnel from Nepal presently on leave to remain at their home stations till such time the situation in Nepal stabilises and the opens the border for move of personnel.
“Requisite move instructions will accordingly be passed to such personnel from their parent units/ Headquarters/ Establishments,” the force said.
For personnel deployed at hotspots or containment zones, the Indian Army has stated that the orders for reporting will not apply in these zones. “Individuals in Hotspots/ Containment zones will follow strict ‘No Movement' till the areas are de-notified as Containment zones,” said the official.