CDS reviews situation along LoC, Army chief visits Pokhran
   Date :16-Jul-2021

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NEW DELHI :
 
CHIEF of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat is in the Jammu sector to review the security situation along the international border and Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan while Army Chief General M M Naravane witnessed firing of various artillery guns, including those being developed by domestic manufacturers, in Rajasthan’s Pokhran, said Army officials. General Rawat reached Jammu on Wednesday evening. The visit to the forward areas in twin border districts of Rajouri and Poonch comes at a time when infiltration attempts by Pakistan have increased and drones are being used to drop weapons along LoC in these sectors. General Rawat had expressed concerns over terrorists using drones to smuggle weapons into India to fuel terrorist activities here.
 
Earlier in June also, he had visited the forward areas along the Line of Actual Control in the central sector in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand area. He was briefed on the operational preparedness of the forces towards safeguarding the territorial integrity of the nation at the forward-most post in the Sumdoh sub-sector. Meanwhile, the Army chief also visited Jaisalmer military station where senior commanders briefed him about operational preparedness of the Army in the region, considered crucial for the border with Pakistan, officials said. After arriving at Jaisalmer, the Army chief, accompanied by Southern Army Commander Lt General J S Nain, left for the Pokhran field firing ranges where he witnessed the firing of various artillery guns, including equipment being developed by indigenous manufacturers, the Army said.
 
“Later, the Army chief visited Jaisalmer military station where he was briefed by General Officer Commanding Konark Corps and other formation commanders on the operational situation and preparedness,” it said in a statement. The Army said that General Naravane also interacted with troops of Konark Corps and exhorted them to maintain high standards of training and professionalism. “The Chief of Army Staff complimented the formations for adhering to force preservation measures and for provision of assistance to civilian authorities in combating the COVID-19 pandemic,” it said.