Fully Prepared for any Challenges on LAC: CDS

Indian Army

New Delhi: With tension continuing to prevail along the Sino-Indian border on the Line of Actual Control (LAC), a Parliamentary Committee was told emphatically by the  Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Bipin Rawat  that India is fully prepared for any challenge along the LAC.

The CDS who was called for the PAC meeting where members sought to know the prevailing situation along the Sino-Indian border, he said  “India is fully prepared on the LAC and we are well equipped. We are in a position to give a strong reply,” a member said on condition of anonymity.

The official agenda of the PAC which is chaired by Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chaudhuri, was  “Oral evidence of the representatives of Ministry of Defence on the subject ‘Provisioning, Procurement and issue of High Altitude, Clothing, Equipment, Ration and Housing’ based on C&AG Report of 2019.”

About a dozen of senior officers from the Indian Army including CDS who attended the meeting  gave in-depth information about equipment procurement, the position of Jawans in high altitude areas and accommodation of Indian Jawans on LAC including clothing and ration details, the source said.

Recently, Eastern Army Commander Lieutenant General Manoj Pande  said the Chinese Army’s activities have increased marginally in in-depth areas across the Line of Actual Control (LAC) which is under tight surveillance of the Indian Army.

“The annual training exercise that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) carries out, there has been some increase in the level of activities but that is in the depth areas. Some of the reserve formations of the PLA which were mobilised have continued to remain in their training areas but that again is in operational depth. We have enhanced our surveillance both in LAC and depth areas,” Lieutenant General Pande said.