, Eastern Army Commander Lieutenant General Rana Pratap Kalita
Kibithu, Arunachal Pradesh:
The overall situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China in the Eastern Theater is “reasonably calm” and “firmly under control”, said Eastern Army Commander Lt. Gen. Rana Pratap Kalita, saying Indian Army is fully prepared to face any eventuality.
He said the Indian Army had focused on enhancing its military capabilities and improving the monitoring of Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) activities along the CLA.
The commander said the area was stable and no “major shifts or palpable shifts in position were noted”, in comments that came amid an ongoing clash between Indian and Chinese troops at checkpoints. friction of Demchok and Depsang in eastern Ladakh.
He said the military is now in a better position to monitor the area of interest in the eastern theater with the strengthening of infrastructure near the LAC and the introduction of various platforms such as drones, helicopters and equipment. electronic monitoring.
The eastern theater largely comprises the border areas along the LAC in Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh and the border areas have a number of sensitive forward locations including in the Tawang and North Sikkim sectors.
“Let me assure you that the Indian Army is fully prepared to deal with any eventuality in the Eastern theatre. The issue of the border with China is being addressed at all levels to ensure that there is no there is no friction,” Lt. Gen. Kalita said.
He made the comments during an informal interaction with a group of journalists visiting Kibithu on Saturday after the army garrison at the strategic location was named after the first chief of staff of the Indian defence, General Bipin Rawat, who died in a helicopter crash on December 8th. year.
Lt. Gen. Kalita said the Indian Army was constantly monitoring PLA activities along the LAC and was well placed to mitigate any challenges.
“We are also constantly monitoring activities along the borders. We are vigilant and observant of every development along our borders,” he said.
India has accelerated infrastructure development along the LAC by nearly 3,500 km following the standoff in eastern Ladakh that started on May 5, 2020.
“We have prepared carefully during the period and are well positioned to mitigate all challenges and contingencies in the Eastern Theater,” Lt. Gen. Kalita said.
The eastern army commander said India and China have a strong mechanism in line with bilateral agreements to defuse any emerging situation in the region.
“We have a robust mechanism in place, which is in line with existing bilateral agreements and various protocols to defuse any emerging situations and tensions at the tactical level,” he said.
“We are focused on developing operational capabilities in all areas. The main area of focus has been infrastructure development, increasing connectivity and modernizing the armed forces,” he noted.
The commander said “currently the situation along the borders is reasonably calm and firmly under control. There have been reports of continuous infrastructure development by the PLA and we are constantly monitoring the same.”
He said India has taken a “whole of government” approach to improving infrastructure in border areas.
“There have been improvements in downstream connectivity, construction of a bridge over the Brahmaputra River, laying of new railway lines, improved air connectivity to all northeastern states” , he noted.
The eastern army commander said his troops had a “well-defined” surveillance plan and there had been a substantial improvement in overall surveillance of areas.
“The infusion of the latest technologies coupled with physical surveillance is the means by which we are improving our surveillance capacity and capability,” he said.
Asked about the impact of the border line in eastern Ladakh on the eastern sector, Lt. Gen. Kalita said the dynamics of eastern command and northern command were totally different because the terrain, the size of the area of The operation, operation, dynamics and purpose of operations are all varied in a particular way.
“So far we have had cordial relations at the ground commander functional level and there have been virtually no areas of friction in the recent past,” he said.
Lt. Gen. Kalita said the Indian and Chinese sides have well-established mechanisms in place, such as formal interactions and border staff meetings, to resolve any differences of opinion.
The eastern army commander was in Kibithu to attend a ceremony in which the military station was named after General Rawat.
The Indian and Chinese militaries on Monday moved their frontline troops back to the rear locations of the Patrol Point 15 confrontation site in the Gogra-Hotsprings region of eastern Ladakh and dismantled temporary infrastructure there in the through a five-day opt-out process.
People familiar with the development said the two sides pulled out according to the plan, which also involved joint verification of the entire process.
On September 8, the two sides announced that they had begun to disengage from Patrol Point 15, which marked an important forward movement in the stalled process to withdraw troops from remaining friction points in the area. .
There has been no progress yet in resolving the impasse in the Demchok and Depsang areas.
Regarding the counter-insurgency operations carried out by the army in the northeast region, Lt. Gen. Kalita said the deployment was dictated by the security situation and the parameters of violence.
“The deployment of the military for counter-insurgency tasks is dictated by the security situation and the parameters of violence. As the situation improves, the military is dethroned and the central armed police forces or the police take responsibility for ensuring peace and stability,” he said.
“In the northeast, with the situation improving, the army has been dethroned and is preparing for its main role,” he added.
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