An incident that went viral on social media, where a commanding officer of an infantry battalion stationed in Jaisalmer wrote a letter to film actor Sonu Sood seeking help in procuring equipment for a Covid-19 facility, has resulted in a senior officer of the Army frowning at the act.
According to an IE report, the commanding officer apprised Sonu Sood about a 200-bed Covid care centre facility at the Jaisalmer military station set up by the army and requested Sood to provide the equipment needed like ICU beds, oxygen concentrators, jumbo oxygen cylinders, X-Ray machine and 15 KVA generator sets on May 13. The letter also assured the actor that his generous act will be remembered.
However, the act has now been frowned upon by a senior army officer in New Delhi who confirmed that the letter was written to Sonu Sood but added that it appeared to have been written in "over-enthusiasm".
The senior officer also said that the Army has set up several Covid hospitals across the country from its own resources to help the civilian state administrations.
Sonu Sood has been at the forefront of helping people in the Covid pandemic by reaching out to people in need through social media.
He has been involved in numerous relief efforts since last year, from helping the needy with medical bills to airlifting stranded migrant workers and students.