Covid surge: Rajnath approves delegation of emergency financial powers to AFMS

at 8:47 pm
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh

New Delhi (NVI): To fight the recent surge in Covid-19 cases across the country, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has sanctioned delegation of emergency financial powers to Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS).

As per an order issued on April 23, emergency financial powers have been delegated to Director General Medical Services (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).

“The emergency financial 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,” read the official statement.

As per the delegated financial powers, DGsMS from Army, Navy and Air Force shall be approved Rs 500 lakh, Major General & equivalent – Rs 300 lakh and Brigadier & equivalent – Rs 200 lakh.

Emergency powers to these Lower CFAs have been delegated upto September 30, 2021 with a provision for revision/extension to expedite procurement of medical items/materials/stores and provisioning of various services for treatment/management/tackling of COVID-19 cases, as per the statement.

“This is a pro-active measure taken by Ministry of Defence to enable AFMS to provide medical services to the personnel of the Armed Forces as well as aid the civil administration,” the statement read.