Army chief interacts with 15th FC members in Leh

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 9/17/2019 11:53:21 PM

JAMMU, Sep 17: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Bipin Rawat visited Leh belt of Ladakh sector on Tuesday and interacted with members of the 15th Finance Commission (FC), officials said.
Gen Rawat visited headquarters of the Fire & Fury (14th) Corps and interacted with N K Singh, chairman and other members of the 15th Finance Commission, they said.
The Finance Commission team is in Ladakh sector as part of their visit to field formations of the Indian Army to understand the conditions under which troops are operating and assess the requirement of financial outlays to meet the modernisation and infrastructure development requirements of the army, they said.
Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Command and Lieutenant General Y K Joshi, General Officer Commanding, Fire & Fury Corps were also present during the interaction, in which issues related to the Northern Command were discussed.
Gen Rawat highlighted the peculiar terrain, weather and altitude challenges of Ladakh sector, which require specialised equipment and skills for performing operational tasks.
He also apprised the Finance Commission that the focus on improving connectivity to the border areas in the recent years had greatly improved the efficacy of the troops deployed along the borders.
Having seen the tough conditions in which own troops are deployed and performing their duties, members of the Finance Commission appreciated the dedication and commitment of the Indian army, while defending the borders of the nation, in such far-flung areas.
They assured the Indian army of all support required to discharge their duties effectively, the officials said.
In the meanwhile, the army conducted a high altitude integrated military exercise in Ladakh today prompting its Northern Command chief to express satisfaction over operational readiness of the troops, officials said.
General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Command, Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh witnessed the exercise by integrated troops in “super-high altitude area” in eastern Ladakh, army officials said.
Singh was briefed on the exercise by Lieutenant General Y K Joshi, General Officer Commanding, Fire & Fury Corps, they said.
The exercise involved use of technology platforms as force multipliers, the officials said.
The exercise encompassed employment of mechanised forces with force multipliers integrating high technology platforms, an official statement said.
“Complimenting the commanders and jawans for the outstanding display of professional competence and warfighting capability in extreme terrain and altitude conditions, Singh expressed confidence that the Northern Command will continue its legacy of excelling in combat in case if a conflict takes place in the country,” the statement said.
The Northern Army Commander said that with the induction of new weapon systems and high tech equipment, the capability and lethality of the Indian Army was progressively improving each passing day. Singh called upon all ranks to remain vigilant and maintain a high-order operational readiness, the statement outlined.

 

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