CIVIL SERVANTS INITIATIVE TO FIGHT COVID-19
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To support and assists government’s initiative, a new initiative has been launched by the Central Civil Servants.
- Initiative: Using the networks, skills, resources, etc. of the civil servants, they support and supplement the government’s efforts in fighting coronavirus through the new initiative called ‘Caruna’ was launched.
- The acronym Caruna abbreviated as “Civil Services Associations Reach to Support in Natural Disasters”.
- Launched by: The initiative was launched by Sanjeev Chopra, Vice-President of IAS Association.
- Representation: The initiative was representing officers of Central Civil Services – which includes the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), the Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Revenue Service (IRS), state services and so on.
- It represents a collaborative platform, on which civil servants, industry leaders, NGO professionals and IT professionals among others have come together to contribute their time and abilities.
- Assigned teams: The officers have set up teams in sync with the11 empowered groups created by the Narendra Modi government to tackle all issues related to the Covid-19 outbreak.
- Supporting areas: The teams will assist the government in specific areas like medical emergency management plan, availability of hospitals, isolations and quarantine facilities, disease surveillance and testing and critical care training.
- These teams are also working on supporting availability of essential medical equipment such as masks, gloves and ventilators, augmenting human resources, facilitating supply chain and logistics for necessary items such as food and medicine, and also working on economic and welfare measures, information dissemination, public awareness, technology and data management issues relating to the lockdown.
- 10 day plan: The platform has already created a 10-day action plan for operationalisation of support to both governments and field-level functionaries, and created themes (called threads on slack) on capacity building/training support to healthcare workers etc.,
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