Guwahati: Defence minister Rajnath Singh visited the forward areas of 3 Corps in Anini, a village in Dibang valley of Arunachal Pradesh on Thursday, officials said.
The minister made an on-the-ground assessment of defence preparedness along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
Taking to Twitter, Singh wrote, “Visited the forward areas in Dibang valley of Arunachal Pradesh and interacted with the troops deployed in the region. The Indian Armed Forces personnel go above and beyond in service to the nation.”
The defence minister was accompanied by Chief of the Army Staff General Manoj Pande, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Command Lieutenant General RP Kalita and other senior officers of the Indian Army. The minister also interacted with the troops stationed in the area.
However, Rajnath Singh held an interaction with armed forces personnel in Assam’s Tezpur.
During the interaction, he praised the soldiers and said that, “Sacrifice of the soldiers posted at the borders, bravely protecting the sovereignty, unity and integrity of the country.”
He further said that “Since the party came to power in 2014, strengthening India’s military prowess has been the government’s top priority ever with the aim on equipping the services with state-of-the-art weapons or equipment through an ‘Aatmanirbhar’ defence industry.”
“There was a time when India wasn’t taken seriously on international platforms. Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s initiatives have helped us go from being merely observers to assertors today”, he said.
“The Indian military is renowned around the world. Our friendly foreign countries have trust in them. It is one of the main factors behind India’s rise to powerful nation. We are currently the fifth-largest economy in the world and are rapidly developing”, minister added.