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Eastern borders quite calmly and firmly under control: Lt Gen Kalita

India and China completed separation from PP-15 in the Gogra-Hot Springs area of ​​eastern Ladakh on 12 September

India and China completed separation from PP-15 in the Gogra-Hot Springs area of ​​eastern Ladakh on 12 September

Eastern Army Commander Lt Gen RP Kalita said the situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the eastern theater is stable and there has been “no major change or change in stance” since the standoff in eastern Ladakh. He said that there have been reports of continuous infrastructure development by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China and it is being monitored continuously.

His remarks came a day after India and China announced separation from Patrolling Point 15 in the Gogra-Hot Springs area of ​​eastern Ladakh. dismissal process was completed on 12 September, while other friction points at Depsang and Demchok are yet to be resolved.

“On our own side, there is a focused approach to improve the infrastructure by adopting a ‘Sampoorna Sarkar’ approach. Improvement in forward connectivity, construction of bridges over river Brahmaputra, laying of new railway lines, improved air connectivity to all the states of the Northeast The program to rename the military camp after the country’s first Chief of Defense Staff General Bipin Rawat.

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“Currently the Situation on the Borders” [Eastern Sector] is reasonably calm and firmly under control,” said Lt Gen Kalita

The dynamics of the Eastern Command and the Northern Command are completely different, he said, adding that “the terrain, the size of the area of ​​operations, the operational dynamics and the objectives of the operations, all differ in a strange way.”

Stating that, till now, the Indian Armed Forces had maintained cordial relations with the PLA at the functional level of Ground Commander and there has hardly been any friction zone in recent times, he said that India and China are also well placed. established systems. , such as formal negotiations and border personnel meetings to resolve differences of opinion.

In Arunachal Pradesh, both in the Tawang sector and the ‘Rest of Arunachal Pradesh’ (RALP), the Army has significantly upgraded its defenses and deployed offensive firepower to offset the major modernization drive by China.

On infrastructure development in the eastern sector, the commander said it was progressing “rapidly”. “Along with organizations such as the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation, and the Border Roads Organisation, the forward formations of the Army are also making great strides in gaining access and access to remote areas along the LAC,” he elaborated. Said, “In addition, there is a big emphasis on improving the aviation infrastructure. [infrastructure] Several helipads have been constructed in the inaccessible valleys in the region, which has greatly increased the connectivity.

On technology induction and capability enhancement, Lt Gen Kalita said that the incorporation of latest technology along with physical surveillance is the means by which the Indian Army is enhancing its surveillance capability and capability. “We have a well-defined monitoring plan in place and our surveillance capability has improved substantially with the addition of new platforms and improved connectivity,” he said.

Explaining this, he said that physical surveillance has increased with the inclusion and availability of various surveillance platforms like unmanned aerial vehicles, helicopters, aircraft, satellites and means of electronic surveillance. Now, with better infrastructure close to the LAC, he said the Indian Army was in a better position to inspect “our areas of interest”. “This is an ongoing process, and with connectivity and infrastructure improvements, it will further increase the depth of our reach and monitoring,” he said.

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Stating that the Army is fully prepared to deal with any eventuality in the Eastern Theatre, Lt Gen Kalita said the border issue with China is being dealt with at all levels to ensure that there is no friction . “We have a robust mechanism, as per existing bilateral agreements and various protocols, to defuse tensions at any emerging situation/strategic level. We are focused on operational capability development across all sectors. Primarily, the area of ​​focus has been infrastructure development, enhanced connectivity and modernization of the armed forces,” he said.

Lt Gen Kalita termed the removal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from several areas of Manipur, Nagaland and Assam as a “significant achievement” made possible by the reduction in violence and said that with the situation improving in the North East, “the Army will have to has been removed and the primary role is ready to be seen”.

The standoff with China in eastern Ladakh since May 2020, which is still ongoing, has led to a major restructuring of the Army towards the LAC, whereby several formations facing the Western Front have been moved to the LAC in the backdrop of Chinese activity. was assigned from. across the LAC. Out of the 3,488 km long LAC, 1,346 km falls in the eastern region.

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