Defense Minister Rajnath Singh with CDS Bipin Rawat and Army Chief General Naravane (Photo- PTI)
Amidst the ongoing standoff with China in eastern Ladakh, there will be a meeting of the top commanders of the Indian Army on Monday, in which the LAC as well as other security challenges of the country will be reviewed. The four-day meeting is expected to discuss the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir. An official said that this meeting of military commanders is very important in the context of the killing of civilians in Jammu and Kashmir in the last few weeks.
Defense Minister Rajnath Singh will also address the military commanders in this meeting to be held in Delhi. According to news agency PTI, the official said that Army Chief General MM Naravane and top commanders will review the country’s military preparedness in the standoff between Indian and Chinese armies in eastern Ladakh. The confrontation between the two countries has been going on for the last 17 months at many points of the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
The official said that the military commanders can also discuss the security situation arising in India and the subcontinent region after the Taliban occupation in Afghanistan. The Army said in a statement, “The second Army Commanders’ Conference will be held in New Delhi from October 25-28. The Military Commanders’ Conference, held every year in the months of April and October, is an apex level biennial event.
13 rounds of military talks have been held between India and China
In the conference, the issue of the current situation in Eastern Ladakh and the preparedness of the Indian Army is going to dominate. Since the standoff began on May 5 last year, the two countries have held 13 rounds of military talks aimed at the withdrawal of troops from the points of confrontation and de-escalating tensions. The two sides completed the process of withdrawing troops from the northern and southern banks of Pangong Lake in February this year after several rounds of military and diplomatic talks.
There was a violent clash between the two countries in the Pangong Lake area and after that both the countries had deployed thousands of soldiers with equipment at many places. On June 15, 2020, 20 Indian Army personnel were martyred in the skirmish in Galwan Valley. Eight months after the clash, China also admitted that four of its military personnel were killed.
The challenges arising out of COVID-19 will also be discussed
The Army said that this conference is an institutional forum for deliberations at the ideological level, through which the Indian Army deliberates on important policy decisions. The conference is also a formal forum for the senior leadership of the Indian Army to interact with senior officials from the Department of Military Affairs and Defense.
According to the statement, “During this conference, the current/emerging security and administrative aspects will be brainstormed by the top leadership of the Indian Army, to chart the future for the Indian Army in the backdrop of the situation on the borders and the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.” to be prepared.”
During the conference, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh will address and interact with the military commanders. Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) Gen Bipin Rawat, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force chiefs will also deliberate on topics related to senior leadership of the Indian Army to promote synergy between the three services during this conference.
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