Talks to go on, Army to stand firm: Rajnath Singh on India-China standoff

Rajnath Singh. (Source: Twitter)
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Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday expressed confidence that talks between China and India will continue for a peaceful resolution of the eastern Ladakh standoff, while Indian troops stand “strongly” in the region. Addressing a conference of top Army commanders, Singh said it is a national responsibility to ensure availability of the best weapons, equipment and clothing to soldiers facing adverse weather conditions and “hostile forces” to protect territorial integrity. The Defense Minister also lauded the Army for its strong action against cross-border terrorism.

“Commenting on the current situation along the northern borders, the Defense Minister expressed full confidence that the troops stand firm and the ongoing dialogue for a peaceful resolution of the crisis will continue,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement. His remarks came two weeks after the 13th round of military talks between In a statement after the talks, the Indian Army had said that neither the Chinese side agreed to the “constructive suggestion” given by it in the talks, nor could Beijing provide any other proposal.

Referring to the situation along the border with Pakistan, Singh lauded the action taken by the Indian Army to combat cross-border terrorism. “I appreciate the excellent synergy between the CAPFs/Police forces and the Army in tackling the menace of terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said. Coordinated operations in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir is providing a stable and peaceful environment for the overall development of the region. Faith confirmed.

The Defense Minister said, ‘I have full faith in the senior military leadership. The country is proud of its army and the government is committed to helping the army move on the path of reforms and capability development. There was a comprehensive review of India’s security challenges including the Line of Control (LAC) and Jammu and Kashmir among other areas. The Defense Minister lauded the forces for their high level of operational preparedness and capabilities, saying that he personally experienced this during his visits to various forward areas.

Singh paid tribute to all the ‘brave’ soldiers who made the supreme sacrifice in the discharge of their duty. “The government is focusing on enhancing the combat capability and ensuring the welfare of soldiers,” he said, adding that the policy of Atmanirbhar Bharat in the defense sector is a big step to meet the future requirements of the armed forces. He lauded the Indian Army for working towards this goal and said that 74 percent of its contracts were awarded by the Army to Indian vendors in 2020-2021 keeping in mind the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ initiative.

“There is no budget constraint for capacity development and meeting other requirements of the Army,” Rajnath said. The decision to grant permanent commission to women officers in the Army is another important decision, Singh said. Singh in his address also lauded the efforts of Border Roads Organization (BRO) saying that it is working in difficult circumstances to connect remote areas so that citizens living in those places remain connected. He commended the Armed Forces for suitably incorporating the latest technologies.
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