As the army commanders’ conference is underway from October 26, the Defence minister Rajnath Singh will address the top brass and discuss many key issues. The minister is likely to take up issues that include security situation along the borders, modernisation of the armed forces and achieving self-reliance in the defence sector. The country is currently embroiled in an ugly border dispute with China in the Ladakh theatre. The next round of military talks is going to happen very soon to reduce friction.
The situation in the eastern Ladakh area is very tense as the Indian army is preparing for a long haul. This will be an important agenda in today’s meeting between the defence minister and the military top brass.
Several rounds of meetings at the military and diplomatic level have not yielded any positive result. The border dispute with China is in its sixth month. Now, the eighth round of military talks between corps commander-ranked officers to assuage the brewing border tensions is expected to be held shortly.
The last time the armies of both the countries met was on October 12 and it was the seventh round of talks to de-escalate the situation along the LAC. The Indian side demanded comprehensive disengagement at all flashpoints and restoration of the status quo ante of early April during the talks.
Both the sides have agreed to continue with the dialogue process to arrive at a mutually acceptable solution for early disengagement in the eastern Ladakh theatre, a joint press statement issued a day after the talks revealed.
Officials with knowledge on the matter said, “The first day of the conference was spent deliberating on matters related to human resource management…And today’s [Wednesday’s] schedule includes in-depth discussions on the various agenda points projected by the various army commanders, including an update by CINCAN (Commander-in-Chief of Andaman and Nicobar Command).”
India is steadfast in building a strong border infrastructure amid all the tension along the borders with China.
Rajnath Singh, earlier this month, dedicated 44 bridges in forward areas to the country, including 10 in Jammu and Kashmir, eight each in Ladakh, Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh, two in Himachal Pradesh and four in Sikkim.