Army`s e-portal by 2011 to facilitate personnel`s travel
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Last Updated: Monday, November 09, 2009, 22:22
Kolkata: The Army will launch an e-portal by 2011 to help soldiers in e-ticketing, quota sharing on trains and for completing their leave travel concession settlements, Army's Additional Director General (Movement) Major General J P Singh said here on Monday.

"By 2011, the 'MOVE–NET' will be operational. This will be an intranet hooked on to the Indian Railways system. This intranet will help in e-ticketing, sharing of quotas, settling financial transactions of LTC in a faster and efficient manner," Singh said while speaking to officers of the Embarkation Headquarters, responsible for personnel movement, here.

Singh, who is here on a two-day visit, said the Army would have over 100 Passengers Reservation System (PRS) offices inside Service premises and cantonments, which could be used by both civilians and armed forces personnel.

"These will be manned by service personnel who are being trained by the Railways," he added.

Singh assured the personnel that the Army was taking initiatives to improve the quality of travel of its personnel, for which it was setting up Sainik Aaram Grihas all over the country.

"We shall be setting up Sainik Aaram Grihas at various transit points so that our personnel and their families can stay and travel smoothly. These Sainik Aram Grihas will provide amenities such as food and entertainment that would be safe and hygiene," he added.

On connectivity in eastern India, Maj Gen Singh said the frequency of Kolkata-Imphal Indian Airlines flight charted by the Army would be increased.

"In case of additional requirement, IAF help would also be sought. This will help our Jawan from icy Arunachal heights to reach his home in remote parts of India, faster and in a better way," he said.

He said the Kolkata-based Embarkation Headquarters, a tri-services organisation headed by Group Captain Jayant Inamdar, was the crucial node of the entire service supply chain management, operating flights through civil airlines such as Air India for troops posted to Manipur, Nagaland, Mizoram and South Assam.

It also looks after the movement of personnel and transportation of goods and Equipment to Andaman and Nicobar Islands, including the transport of the entire Strike Corps in the eastern sector.

The Embarkation Headquarters not only ensures that the service personnel travel smoothly, but also efficient transport of heavy and massive war-fighting equipment, machinery, stores and animals of the armed forces by rail, air and sea.

On any given day, over a lakh armed forces personnel transit from one place to another either on posting, leave or temporary duties.

During exercises and operations, the quantum of the armed forces wherewithal to be transported increases drastically.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, November 09, 2009, 22:22

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