“We have adequate reserves to deal with any contingencies. With the infusion of new technology and weapon systems, our capability development is an ongoing endeavour. Equally, we are focussing on infrastructure development, especially in forward areas like roads, helipads etc,” Gen Pande said, speaking at India Today conclave.
China has increased troops on LAC in eastern sector, India has deployed adequate troops: Army chief Gen Manoj Pande
The Army chief expressed hope the diplomatic and military talks with China will resolve the remaining “friction points” at the strategically-located Depsang Plains and Demchok in eastern Ladakh.
“It’s only through dialogue and talking to each other that we can find a resolution. In the balance friction points that is what our aim and endeavour is. Till the time it happens, our deployment of forces, alertness level will continue to remain at a high level,” Gen Pande said.
Turning to Pakistan, he said while the infiltration levels across the 778-km Line of Control (LoC) have reduced due to the Army’s “robust” counter-infiltration grid, attempts across the international boundary (IB) and the use of drones there to drop arms and drugs have shown an increase. Moreover, there has been “no major reduction in the terror infrastructure” existing in Pakistan. “Notwithstanding the domestic situation in Pakistan, be it the political instability, the economic downturn and the internal security situation, I think we have to be extremely alert about what happens along the LoC and IB,” Gen Pande said.
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