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Chief of Defence Staff reviews readiness along the Line of Actual Control

During his interaction with the troops, Gen Bipin Rawat stressed the need to focus on training hard and remain vigilant to thwart the nefarious designs of adversaries.

Chief of Defence Staff reviews readyness along the Line of Actual Control-VPN
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New Delhi, First Published Jun 29, 2021, 8:03 PM IST
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Hours after Defence Minister Rajnath Singh returned from Ladakh region, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Gen Bipin Rawat on Tuesday visited forward areas along the Line of Actual Control in the Central Sector in Himachal Pradesh and Western Command HQ in Chandimandir to review the operational preparations of the force. 

During his interaction with the troops, Gen Bipin Rawat stressed the need to focus on training hard and remain vigilant to thwart the nefarious designs of adversaries.

Upon his arrival at the forward most post in Sumdoh Sub-Sector, the CDS was briefed on the operational preparedness of the forces. 

Gen Bipin Rawat interacted extensively with the Indian Army, ITBP and General Reserve Engineer Force personnel deployed in the remote areas. 

Later in the day, he visited the headquarters of Western Command of Indian Army at Chandimandir, where he reviewed the operational situation along the Western borders. 

"The CDS commended the formation for their efforts to ensure force preservation and at the same time stepping forward to provide support in terms of establishing COVID hospitals at Chandigarh, Patiala, Faridabad, providing paramedical staff in aid of civil hospitals, assistance in vaccination of common citizens and revitalizing oxygen plants at various places in the nation's fight against the pandemic," an official said.

He also emphasized that all ranks must keep themselves abreast with the latest trends in information technology, emerging cyber threats and countermeasures.

India and China have been locked in a standoff at several locations in eastern Ladakh since early May 2020. The two sides have so far completed the withdrawal of troops and weapons from the North and South banks of Pangong lake in February following a series of military and diplomatic talks.

The 12th round of the Corps Commanders level meeting is likely to take place after July 1 even as the Chinese Communist Party celebrates its 100th year.

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