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To check info vacuum during disasters, Army asks ground operatives to go to media directly

The Army has instructed its ground operatives working during disasters to go to the media directly whenever there is need, as such occasions lead to an information vacuum that need to be plugged, Defence Ministry spokesperson Colonel Aman Anand said on Thursday. Speaking at a conference on Media and Disaster , Anand said that in recent floods in Kerala the ground operatives were allowed to interact with media without prior permission of the higher ups. In case of a disaster, there is an information vacuum and nobody provides information to the media and the leaked information starts taking round, he said. There is a need to fill this vacuum. During Kerala Floods, the Army had instructed its ground operatives that they needed no permission to interact with media. During tragedies now, we have taken this decision that ground operatives may go directly to media whenever it is required, Anand said. The conference hosted by Special Centre for Disaster Management (JNU), National ...

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