No option but to bolster India’s security apparatus amid current global scenario: Rajnath Singh

Tawang: Defence Minister celebrates Dussehra with troops in Tawang

BY | Tuesday, 24 October, 2023

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesaday asserted that amid the current global scenario, there is no option but to strengthen the country’s security apparatus. He underlined that all efforts were being made by the Government to strengthen the nation’s military prowess through indigenous production of defence equipment.

Singh said this during his interaction with the troops in the frontline locations along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh where he celebrated Dussehra.

The Union Minister further said that earlier, the nation relied on imports to upgrade the military equipment but now, a number of major weapons & platforms are being manufactured within the country.

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He visited the forward posts in Arunachal Pradesh and carried out first-hand on-ground assessment of the operational preparedness of the Armed Forces there. Rajnath Singh expressed gratitude to the unyielding spirit, unwavering commitment and unparalleled courage of the troops, who are deployed on the borders in tough conditions, but always ensure that the nation and its people are safe. The entire nation is proud of the Armed Forces and is standing with them, he said.

The Defence Minister also visited the Tawang War Memorial, where he laid a wreath and offered tributes to the bravehearts who made the supreme sacrifice during the 1962 war. He was accompanied by Chief of the Army Staff General Manoj Pande; General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C) Eastern Command Lt Gen RP Kalita; GOC, 4 Corps Lt Gen Manish Erry and other senior officers of the Indian Army.

Rajnath Singh also visited the 4 Corps Headquarters at Tezpur in Assam. During the visit, he reviewed the operational readiness of the formation, which is deployed in one of the easternmost parts of the country. He was briefed on the infrastructure development along the LAC and the employment of cutting-edge military equipment and technology to enhance the operational efficiency of the troops deployed in the frontline. He commended the stellar work and yeoman services being rendered by all ranks of the Corps under challenging conditions, the Ministry of Defence informed.

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