Arunachal Pradesh Governor BD Mishra has designated Major General (retired) Jarken Gamlin as the voluntary state coordinator to organise the ex-servicemen of Arunachal Pradesh in the fight against Covid19 in the state.

Major General Gamlin, being the senior-most amongst the ex-servicemen of Arunachal Pradesh, has been designated to coordinate the voluntary services of the ex-servicemen with local civil government officials and people’s representatives, a press release from the Raj Bhawan said.

Gamlin was designated for the cause by the Governor in consultation with the Arunachal Pradesh government.

Meanwhile, Governor Brig (retired) Mishra has exhorted all the ex-servicemen of the state, wherever they be, to come forward voluntarily and rise to the occasion to help the people.

He expressed hope that training, discipline and experience of the ex-servicemen will be immensely beneficial to secure assistance to Covid19 affected persons and manage essential services to the needy people in the time of the present crisis.

The Governor, who has been closely monitoring the action in containing the Covid19 spread, advised the state government to also involve the ex-servicemen and draw up roadmaps for them with an aim to prevent the spread of the virus and to provide assistance and guidance to those needing it.

The disciplined and experienced armed forces personnel will be useful in every aspect to fight against the disease, Mishra said.

The Governor said effective utilization of the available manpower of ex-servicemen will help in achieving the twin purposes of containing the spread of Covid19 and helping the already afflicted populace.

He suggested that the ex-servicemen can assist the civil and health administrators in converting villages or colonies into micro containment zones and can also be deployed in Covid19 protection awareness campaigns locally.


Damien Lepcha is Northeast Now Correspondent in Arunachal Pradesh. He can be reached at: