Army Chief Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane interacts with troops while reviewing operational situations on the ground after the stand-off in the region during visit to eastern Ladakh on Wednesday. (PTI)
NEW DELHI :
ARMY Chief General M M Naravane on Wednesday visited various forward areas in eastern Ladakh and took stock of the Army’s combat preparedness in the region in the wake of the bitter border stand-off with China, officials said. The Chief of Army Staff reviewed the overall security situation in the region with Northern Army Commander Lt General Yogesh Kumar Joshi, commander of the 14 Corps Lt General Harinder Singh and other senior Army officials on Tuesday afternoon. “General M M Naravane #COAS visited forward areas in Eastern #Ladakh and reviewed operational situation on the ground. #COAS commended the troops for their high morale and exhorted them to continue working with zeal and enthusiasm,” the Army said in a tweet. Soon after arriving in Leh, General Naravane visited an Army hospital where 18 soldiers injured in the clash in Galwan Valley on June 15 are undergoing treatment.
Twenty Indian Army personnel were killed and 18 were seriously injured in the violent clash with Chinese military in Galwan Valley. The Leh-based 14 Corps is tasked to take care of security situation along the Line of Actual Control in the Ladakh region. On Monday, Lt Gen Singh held a nearly 11-hour meeting with Commander of the Tibet Military District Maj General Liu Lin. In the meeting, the two sides arrived at a “mutual consensus” to “disengage” from all the friction points in eastern Ladakh.
The first round of the Lt Gen talks were held on June 6 during which both sides finalised an agreement to disengage gradually from all the stand-off points beginning with Galwan Valley. However, the situation along the border deteriorated following the Galwan Valley clashes on June 15 as the two sides significantly bolstered their deployments in most areas along the 3,500-km de-facto border.
Chief awards commendation cards
June 24 (ANI)
ARMY Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane on Wednesday awarded commendation cards to the soldiers, who fought with the Chinese troops in face-offs in the Eastern Ladakh sector, Army sources said. When asked about conferring of “Commendation Cards” by General Naravane, an Army source said “whenever the Chief of the Army Staff visits formations or units, it is a norm to award on the spot Commendation Cards to personnel who exhibit exceptional devotion to duty.” “In the instant case also, personnel have been awarded for devotion to duty,” the source said.
It is learnt that soldiers who have been awarded the “Commendation Cards” fought valiantly in the Galwan Valley clash. Indian and Chinese troops have been engaged in violent face-offs in Pangong Tso lake, Finger area and Galwan river Valley, they added.
The Army Chief, who departed for Leh to review the on-ground situation and the progress in talks with the Chinese military, had interacted with Ladakh MP Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, during his two-day visit to Eastern Ladakh. Northern Army Commander and Leh Corps Commander were also present during the interaction. India and China are holding military-level talks to defuse the border tensions.