COVID-19: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh delegates emergency financial powers to AFMS
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday approved delegation of emergency financial powers to Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) to fight the recent surge in COVID-19 cases across the country.
As per the notification issued on April 23, emergency financial powers to procure funds have been delegated to the Director-General Medical Services of Army, Navy, Air Force, head of Medical Branches at Formation/Command Headquarters of Army/Navy/Air Force/Andaman & Nicobar Command and Joint Staff including Command Medical Officers of Navy and Principal Medical Officers of Air Force (Major General and equivalent/Brigadiers and equivalent ranks).
The emergency medical powers have been delegated under Sl No 8.1 of Schedule 8 of Medical Schedule of Powers (MSP) to Delegation of Financial Powers to Defence Services (DFPDS) 2016.
Under the emergency medical powers delegated to the officers, the above-ranked defence officials can seek funds to expedite procurement of medical items, materials, stores and provisioning of various services for treatment, management, and tackling of COVID-19 cases.
Further, powers to these lower CFAs have been delegated up to September 30, 2021, with a provision for revision/extension of the same.
The move is a pro-active measure taken by the Ministry of Defence to enable AFMS to render medical services to the personnel of the Armed Forces as well as aid the civil administration.
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