Srinagar: Complimenting troops for battling the dual challenges of Pakistan abetted militancy and the global pandemic, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General MM Naravane on Wednesday asked soldiers to be prepared to meet emerging security challenges effectively.
Naravane’s two day visit to Kashmir comes at a time when the ceasefire understanding between India and Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC) completed 100 days on Saturday.
On arrival at Srinagar, the Army Chief, accompanied by Lt Gen YK Joshi, the Northern Army Commander and Lt Gen DP Pandey, Chinar Corps Commander visited units and formations in the hinterland where he was briefed by the local Commanders on the existing security situation, an army spokesperson said.
The COAS, he said, was also briefed about the measures being taken to identify and target the over ground workers’ (OGWs) network involved in “radicalisation” and recruitment of youth into militant ranks.
“Efforts to prevent local recruitment and facilitate surrender of local militants were also discussed,” he added.
While interacting with troops, the COAS, as per the army spokesperson, expressed his appreciation to the jawans and commanders who are relentlessly battling the dual challenges of Pakistan abetted militancy and the global pandemic.
“He further reinforced the need to be prepared to meet emerging security challenges effectively,” he said.
The army spokesperson further added that later the COAS was briefed by the Chinar Corps Commander on the overall situation pertaining to the LoC and the hinterland.
“The Army Chief complimented the excellent synergy exhibited by all sections of the Civil administration, Jammu and Kashmir Police, Central Armed Police Forces and other Security agencies in projecting a ‘Whole of Government’ approach that has resulted in improvement in the security situation conducive for fostering a new era of development in the UT,” the army spokesperson said.
In the evening, he said, Gen Naravane called on Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor Manoj Sinha at Raj Bhawan and discussed the emerging challenges and road map for long term peace in J&K.
“The LG appreciated the role played by the Indian Army in restoring and preserving peace in the UT and providing aid to the civil authorities against the COVID 19 pandemic,” he added.
Gen Naravane Calls On LG
Army Chief General MM Naravane and Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha meanwhile discussed recent internal security developments and the prevailing security scenario in Jammu and Kashmir.
Chief of the Army Staff, Gen Narvane accompanied by Lt Gen YK Joshi, Northern Army Commander and Lt Gen DP Pandey, General Officer Commanding (GoC) 15 Corps MET the LG here at the Raj Bhavan, an official spokesperson said Wednesday.
The LG and the Army Chief, he said, discussed recent internal security developments and the prevailing security scenario in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
“Discussions were also held on several internal and external security-related issues and their effective management,” he said.
Sinha, he said, stressed on the high importance of maintaining close synergy between the Army and other Security Forces to meet the security challenges.
“The Lt Governor lauded the Army’s role in ensuring a safe and secure environment for the people of J&K, besides extending necessary support and complementing Government’s efforts in controlling the spread of Coronavirus,” the official spokesperson added.
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