Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief:- Defence Forces, because of their unparalleled discipline, organisational cohesiveness, huge capacity in terms of logistics & operational capabilities in land, water & air are considered best suited for Humanitarian Assistance & Disaster Relief (HADR) operations. Indian defence forces, under the aegis of Headquarters Integrated Defence Staff (HQ IDS) have been carrying out HADR operations within the country as well as outside the country. The defence forces can deliver during various HADR contingencies due to our well ingrained expertise in reconnaissance, damage assessment, evacuation, setting up of relief infrastructure, restoring communication & providing medical facilities, distributing ration supplies, clothing etc.