Army brass evaluates readiness at biannual meet

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New Delhi: The military brass discussed tension at the Ladakh border and PLA’s killing of 20 Indian soldiers in Galwan at the Army CommandersConference in New Delhi on Monday. The operational review included a review of the situation in eastern Ladakh, which remains tense following incursion of Chinese troops.

The conference is believed to have dwelt on the Army’s course of action and change in rules of engagement at the Line of Actual Control with China. Besides the northern commander, in whose jurisdiction the ongoing standoff is on, the eastern and central commanders securing the LAC appeared to have briefed on preparedness, ammunition stock, manpower and road connectivity. The eastern command is learnt to have said troops engaged in counter-insurgency in the northeast could be redeployed if the tension with China increased.

The meeting also focused on important areas that need to be developed and assessed the strength of the Chinese forces amassed along LAC. Protection of rear areas, including bridges that provide quick accessibility to troops to forward areas and ammunition dumps, was also discussed, sources said. Security along the Line of Control with Pakistan also came up.

Army chief General MM Naravane briefed the commanders about the overall situation, which was followed by detailed discussions. He is scheduled to visit Ladakh on Tuesday following the end of the conference, officials said.

The Army’s HR issues, including promotions of major generals and lieutenant generals and administrative matters will also be discussed at the two-day conference.





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