India shouldn’t be solely scaling up its army capabilities alongside the China border but in addition creating medical infrastructure at strategic areas and ramping up the capability of hospitals in ahead areas to supply higher medical care to its troops, officers acquainted with the transfer mentioned.
Three new hospitals can be raised underneath the China-centric Japanese Command over the subsequent three years with a mixed capability of 475 beds, whereas two medical services are being upgraded in Leh and Misamari (Assam), as a part of an overarching plan for capability enhancement alongside the Chinese language border, the officers mentioned.
The brand new hospitals underneath the Kolkata-based Japanese Command are arising in Panagarh (West Bengal), Rangapahar (Nagaland) and Likabali (Assam).
The defence ministry has shared the small print of those medical tasks with a parliamentary panel answerable for oversight of the ministry’s functioning.
Having “recognized voids” in healthcare for troops in ahead areas, the ministry has additionally briefed the parliamentary standing committee on defence on its plans to arrange new hospitals in jap Ladakh (200 beds), Chungthang in Sikkim (50 beds) and Borarupak in Arunachal Pradesh (49 beds).
“With deployment of extra forces alongside the northern borders primarily based on risk notion, there needs to be an equal emphasis on constructing general capacities together with well being services,” mentioned a high defence ministry official acquainted with the plan to improve medical infrastructure.
India is strengthening its deployments within the jap sector, with the elevating of a brand new mountain strike corps at Panagarh and stationing of front-line Sukhoi-30 fighter planes and weaponised helicopters. The army has additionally reactivated a string of superior touchdown grounds close to the border, deployed supersonic cruise missiles and plans to base particular operations plane within the jap sector.
“Medical care needs to be proportionate to the variety of troops in a specific sector. Solely then can we give our troopers the requisite medical cowl,” mentioned the official cited above, requesting anonymity.
The panel has requested the ministry to maintain it knowledgeable about how the brand new medical tasks are shaping and determine extra areas the place healthcare voids exist.
Specialists say it’s a step in the correct route.
“There’s an general pattern of ahead posturing alongside the China border in view of evolving safety atmosphere,” mentioned AS Lamba, a former vice chief.
“And in step with this posturing, our infrastructure for sustaining and sustaining troops, together with medical services, needs to be appropriately pushed ahead,” Lamba added.