Standard mechanism at the level of Director Generals of Military Operation (DGMO) of India and Pakistan has been “activated” to bring back the soldier captured by Pakistan after he had “inadvertently crossed the Line of Control”, said Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in Pune on Sunday. He was addressing the media after a programme on Swachh Bharat Abhiyan organised by Pune Cantonment Board on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti.
When asked about Indian soldier Chandu Babulal Chavan of 37 Rashtriya Rifles, who has been captured by Pakistan, Parrikar said, “Sometimes soldiers cross the LoC by mistake. This particular incident had nothing to do with the surgical strike. There is a standard mechanism at the level of the DGMO, which has been activated. Since the situation is tense right now, it will take some days to bring the soldier back. But we will do it.”
Asked about the time-frame for the arrival of the first batch of Rafale fighter jets from France, he said, “According to the terms of the deal, it is 36 months. But they may arrive slightly earlier as we have requested them to deliver a little early.”
Appealing for cleanliness, Parrikar, in his speech at the event, said Swachh Bharat was a dream of Mahatma Gandhi. If each person keeps the surroundings where he or she lives and works clean, India can achieve the dream of Swachh Bharat, the minister added.
Parrikar also visited the site of the sewage treatment plant under construction at Boottee Street in Camp.