Recently, India’s Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat, has come forward to give a befitting reply to the Chinese Army and Government on the cold war going on the Indo-China border in Ladakh.
He said that military options are ready and available to deal with the transgressions by the Chinese Army, if talks between the two armies do not come to a peaceful conclusion.
He stated- “Transgressions along the LAC occur due to differing perceptions about its alignment. Defence services are tasked to monitor and carry out surveillance and prevent such transgressions turning into intrusions. Whole of government approach is adopted to peacefully resolve any such activity and prevent intrusions. Defence services always remain prepared for military actions should all efforts to restore status quo along the LAC do not succeed,” Source: Hindustan Times.
He continued and stated- “Defence minister Rajnath Singh, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and all those responsible for national security are reviewing all options with the objective that PLA restores status quo ante in Ladakh,” Source: Hindustan Times.
According to CDS, while India is contributing to monitoring all the areas of interest, regular interaction is going on with all the agencies responsible for collecting relevant information.
When asked about India’s infrastructure development programs and schemes, he said that its under progress and stated- “Regular meetings to prioritize and resource these projects are held. They (the projects) have been given the desired impetus over the past three to four years. Our infrastructure development, like the construction of Darbuk-Shyok-Daulet Beg Oldi (DSDBO) road or developments in other areas of our northern borders have been undertaken to provide connectivity to our people who are otherwise seeking migration. It also simultaneously assists the security forces who are responsible for monitoring and maintaining surveillance along our border areas. The impetus by the way of prioritisation has helped in development of strategic connectivity for the future,” Source: Hindustan Times.
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