Requests that are found to be trivial will now be rejected outright. Sources say the Defence Ministry will now ask the states to use their own resources first.
Over the past few years, the Army has been repeatedly called in by states to carry out tasks that are unrelated to its primary functions.
For example in Kurukshetra in July 23, 2006, the Army was called in to rescue a boy, Prince, who accidentally fell into a borewell while playing. The rescue operation, led by the 66 Engineers Regiment of the Ambala Cantonment, worked for 60 hours to bring Prince out.
Army's help was also sought to help douse the fire at an Indian Oil fuel storage depot on the outskirts of Jaipur in October 2009.
2009: 1,400 soldiers on law &order duty for over 45 days
2010: Over 3,500 soldiers called infor flood relief
2,000 soldiers called for minorincidents like chimney collapse, fire
The move is being seen as the Defence Ministry's bid to ease the load on the Army.