Kolkata, Aug 27 (Calcutta Tube/IBNS): On any given day, over a lakh armed forces personnel transit from one place to another either on posting, leave or temporary duties and is the Embarkation Headquarters Kolkata that in part works out the logistics for that.
On Friday Major General J P Singh, Additional Director General (Moves) visited the Kolkata based Embarkation Headquarters on his two day visit to the city.
The Embarkation Headquarters in Kolkata is a triservices organisation and is responsible for movement of Military personnel, stores, equipment, animals by Rail, Air and Sea in the Eastern part of the country.
Apart from personnel, armed forces equipment is also required to be transported from one place to another in routine course of the duty. During exercises and operations the quantum of the wherewithal to be transported increases drastically.
The Embarkation Headquarters maintains various Movement control offices (MCOs) and Sainik Aram Griha for servicemen and their families travelling by railways and operates the flight through civil airlines such as Air India for troops posted to Manipur, Nagaland, Mizoram and South Assam.
This Headquarters also looks after the movement of personnel and transportation of goods and Equipment to Andaman Island.
According to Singh, the Headquarters efforts has a ‘morale boosting effect’ on troops who fight for their countries.
“We are the biggest hospitality sector for the armed forces. My team is ensuring that all our service men travel with reservations, comfortably to their intended destinations,” said Singh.