Rajnath Singh’s first visit to Leh-Ladakh; expressed gratitude to soldiers and veterans

He said to the soldiers and veterans that his aim was that all of them should be taken care of in the same way they took care of the country’s security, and if they had any problems anywhere then a helpline had been arranged to address them.

Rajnath Singh, the Defence Minister, on Sunday, soon after arriving in Ladakh on a three-day visit said that the dedication of Indian soldiers and veterans towards the country was an exemplary example. In the visit they aimed at taking stock of India’s military preparedness in the region in the face of a prolonged border row with China.

Officials said that Rajnath Singh, in Leh, interacted with the senior elected representatives of Kargil, Leh and Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council with the focus on the overall development of the regions.

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Rajnath Singh was accompanied by MM Naravane, the Army Chief Gen, and met a number of armed forces veterans and discussed issues related to their welfare as well as the nation’s security.

Rajnath Singh also added that the dedication of their soldiers and veterans towards the country was an exemplary example. And he expressed his gratitude from the bottom of his heart to all.

He said to the soldiers and veterans that his aim was that all of them should be taken care of in the same way they took care of the country’s security, and if they had any problems anywhere then a helpline had been arranged to address them.

It was Rajnath Singh’s first visit to eastern Ladakh after the Indian and Chinese Militaries pulled back troops, tanks, infantry and other equipment from the Pangong lake areas in February as part of an agreement.

On Friday, In a virtual meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination (WMCC) on border affairs, India and China agreed to hold the next round of military talks at an early date to achieve the objectives of complete disengagement in the remaining friction points.

The two sides however were now engaged in talks to extend the disengagement process to the remaining friction points, where India had been pressing for disengagement of troops in Hot Springs, Gogra and Depsang.

Each side has over 50,000 to 60,000 troops alongside the Line of Actual Control in the sensitive sector.