Army Chief visits forward areas in Ladakh, reviews security situation along LAC

at 2:57 pm
Army Chief visits forward areas in Ladakh, reviews security situation along LAC

New Delhi (NVI): Army Chief General MM Naravane today visited forward areas in Eastern Ladakh including Rechin La and reviewed the security situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) amid the India-China stand-off.

The areas where Gen Naravane visited also fall on the southern bank of Pangong lake.

“COAS visited forward areas of Fire and Fury Corps including Rechin La and undertook a first-hand assessment of the situation along the LAC,” the Army said in a statement. Pertinent to mention here that Fire and Fury Corps, or the XIV Corps is responsible for the LAC in eastern Ladakh and is part of the Udhampur-based Northern Command.

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) undertook on the spot inspection of the state of habitat of troops on the forward line of defences at Rechin La, Army said.

Gen Naravane also visited forward base Tara and interacted with the local commanders and troops. He distributed sweets and cakes to soldiers on the eve of Christmas and boosted their morale.

Notably, India and China are locked in an around eight-month-long military stand-off along LAC in Eastern Ladakh. Thousands of troops have dug in on either side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in sub-zero conditions.

Despite a series of military and diplomatic level talks, both sides have not arrived on a concrete decision yet towards the withdrawal of troops in the region that would lead to de-escalation in tensions.

On Friday, India and China resumed diplomatic-level talks after a gap of nearly 11 weeks, to resolve the border stand-off in Ladakh as diplomats from both sides held a virtual meeting under the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on Border Affairs (WMCC).

This was the 20th meeting of the WMCC where the two sides reviewed the developments along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the India-China border areas since the last round of the WMCC held on 30 September 2020.