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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh assesses army’s preparedness along the Chinese border in Arunachal

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh along with Army chief General Manoj Pande and General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Command Lieutenant General RP Kalita (Image courtesy: Ministry of Defence)

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh visited the forward areas of 3 Corps in Anini, a village in the Dibang valley of Arunachal Pradesh on the second day of his visit to the easternmost part of the country.  

Singh made an on-the-ground assessment of the country’s defence preparedness along the LAC by taking stock of the entire gamut of security-related aspects. Chief of the Army Staff General Manoj Pande, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Command Lieutenant General RP Kalita and other senior officers of the Indian Army accompanied the minister who also interacted with the troops posted in the area.

After his visit to the forward areas, Singh held an interaction with the Armed Forces personnel in Tezpur, Assam. In his address, he commended the dedication and sacrifice of the soldiers posted at the borders, bravely protecting the sovereignty, unity and integrity of the country.

He termed the Armed Forces as the very reason behind the strength and confidence of the nation and reiterated that strengthening India’s military prowess has been the government’s top priority ever since it came to power in 2014. The focus, he said, remains on equipping the Services with state-of-the-art weapons/equipment through an ‘Aatmanirbhar’ defence industry.

He also appreciated the fact that the government’s efforts have resulted in making a strong military which is fully capable of protecting the nation from all kinds of threats. Singh lauded the Armed Forces for instilling a sense of national pride and patriotism among the people, especially the youth, by displaying their strength and courage from time to time.

He pointed out that India’s international image has completely been transformed due to the bold decisions taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well as the gallant deeds of the Armed Forces.

“There was a time when India wasn’t taken seriously on international platforms. Due to the efforts of our Prime Minister, today we have become an assertor from a mere observer. The Indian military is respected all over the globe. Our friendly foreign countries have trust in them. It is one of the major reasons India has emerged as a powerful nation. Today, we are the fifth largest economy in the world, strongly moving forward,” he said.

As part of the day’s engagements, the Defence Minister also interacted with the members of the second religious expedition to Athu Popu, an annual trek of the local Idu Mishmi tribe which is being facilitated by the Indian Army since 2021 as part of the outreach and continued efforts towards supporting the locals and development of tourism.

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