A DRDO team equipped with medicines & other medical aid and ready-to-eat packaged foods is already operating in Srinagar, J&K. The team has been actively involved in mission mode from September 09, 2014 to provide relief to the flood affected people in Srinagar. The doctors and other medical personnel in the team have been actively providing medical assistance to the local people. About 9 tonnes of Ready-to-Eat (RTE) packaged foods appealing to the local tastes was prepared and packaged at Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL) Mysore, a premier DRDO laboratory specializing in RTE food technologies for the armed forces, especially for remote areas. The food packets taken to Srinagar, with the support of Indian Air Force, have been distributed to affected people. Further quantities of food are being dispatched. The food includes hygienically packed, long shelf life RTE food that includes Chapattis, Vegetable Pulav, Tomato rice, Lemon rice, Zeera rice, Bengal gram, Dal fry, Khichry, Suzi halwa etc.
A Mobile Satellite Services terminal ‘SATCOM’ was airlifted to Srinagar and a link between a CRPF location near Srinagar Airport and MHA control room at New Delhi was made operational from September 10, 2014. To make the services available through mobile phones as well, a two-way direct-dialling facility using ground hub station set-up at DEAL, Dehradun was also made operational. The MSS ‘SATCOM’ terminal earlier developed by DRDO is being manufactured by BEL, Panchkula and is being used by the Indian Armed Forces.
Dr Avinash Chander, Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mantri and Secretary – Deptt of Defence R&D, expressing DRDO’s commitment to extending all possible technology support in mitigating sufferings of flood effected people of J&K, said “DRDO technologies will always be available to the people of our country in the hour of need”.