East Ladakh standoff: Rajnath Singh expresses confidence in finding a peaceful solution India News – Times of India

New Delhi: Defense Minister Rajnath Singh On Wednesday expressed confidence that the ongoing talks between China and India for a peaceful resolution of the eastern Ladakh standoff will continue, while Indian troops “stand firm” in the region. In an address at a conference of the top Army The commanders said ensuring the availability of the best weapons, equipment and clothing to troops facing extreme weather and “hostile forces” to protect territorial integrity is a national responsibility.
The Defense Minister also appreciated the Army for its strong response against cross-border terrorism.
Commenting on the current situation along the northern borders, Raksha Mantri The Defense Ministry said in a statement, “Expressed full confidence that while the troops stand firm, the ongoing dialogue for a peaceful resolution of the crisis will continue.”
His remarks ended in a standoff two weeks after the 13th round of military talks between the Indian and Chinese armies ended with both sides blaming each other for the standoff.
In a stern statement after the talks, the Indian military said the “constructive suggestions” given by it in the talks were neither agreed upon by the Chinese side nor could Beijing provide any “forward-looking” proposal.
Referring to the situation along the border with Pakistan, Singh lauded the Indian Army’s response to cross-border terrorism.
“I appreciate the excellent synergy between the CAPFs/Police forces and the Army in dealing with the menace of terrorism in J&K. Union Territory of Jammu And Kashmir is providing the region with a stable and peaceful environment for overall growth and development.”
In his remarks, Singh reaffirmed the trust of over billions of civilians in the Indian Army as one of the most trusted and inspiring organizations in the country.
“I have full faith in the senior military leadership. The country is proud of its army and the government is committed to helping the army move forward on the path of reforms and capability development,” he said.
The four-day conference of top commanders of the Indian Army began on Monday and conducted a comprehensive review of India’s security challenges, including in eastern Ladakh, the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and Jammu and Kashmir, among others. .
The Defense Minister lauded the forces for their high level of operational preparedness and capabilities, saying that he personally experienced this during his visits to various forward areas.
Singh also paid tribute to all the “brave” who made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty.
“The government is focusing on enhancing the combat capability and ensuring the welfare of the soldiers,” he said. Atmanirbhar Bharat (Atmanirbhar Bharat) is a major step in the defense sector to meet the future requirements of the armed forces.
He commended the Indian Army for working towards this goal and remarked that 74 per cent of its contracts were awarded by the Army to Indian vendors in 2020-2021 keeping in mind the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ initiative.
“There is no budgetary constraint for capacity development and meeting other requirements of the Army,” he said.
Singh said that the decision to grant permanent commission to women officers in the Army is another important decision which will ensure equal opportunities for professional development to all officers irrespective of their gender.
He also appreciated the significant contribution made by the military to military diplomacy to advance our national security interests by building enduring cooperative relations with foreign forces.
Singh in his address also lauded the efforts of Border Roads Organization saying that it is working in difficult circumstances to connect remote areas so that citizens living in those places remain connected.
He also lauded the Armed Forces for suitably incorporating the latest technologies.
The ministry said Singh appreciated the efforts of the Army in developing specialized technologies in collaboration with civil industries, including premier academic institutions.