Manohar Parrikar rules out troop withdrawal from Siachen

Asked if the proposal to convert Siachen into a "peace mountain" still exists, the minister said: "The decision (on deploying troops) on Siachen is based on the security of the nation."

Written by Pranav Kulkarni | Visakhapatnam | Updated: February 8, 2016 7:12 am
CAG, defence ministry, defence minister, manohar parrikar, who is defence minister, Comptroller and Auditor General, helicopters Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said the loss of human lives on the Siachen had come down in recent years due to improved facilities.. Express Photo

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar Sunday ruled out any troop withdrawal from Siachen in the wake of recent avalanche that led to the death of 10 soldiers.

“Though the lives lost are much fewer now thanks to better technological solutions, (it is) absolutely painful, even personally. But, should we withdraw from there? I do not think it is a proper analysis. In this case, there are no loose ends from what I understand. It was an avalanche. Those climbing the Mt Everest calculate everything and yet incidents happen,” said Parrikar here.

Speaking about One Rank One Pension (OROP), he added that the NDA government has fulfilled the promise by giving “15 times more” than the UPA.

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  1. P
    Feb 9, 2016 at 4:39 am
    Yes I can say that and you know why because one of the soldiers is my brother mate.You can say whatever you want because you are not there sitting at home praying for miracle
  2. P
    Feb 8, 2016 at 1:22 am
    Yes you can say that as long as somebody else's life is on line and you are sitting in the comfort of ur house and office
  3. R
    Feb 7, 2016 at 1:34 pm
    Withdrawing is impossible. Withdrawing basically means handing over Siachen to stan.
  4. V
    v s
    Feb 9, 2016 at 4:57 am
    It is immature statement. If the country is safe, all people are safe. yes life is very much imp. But sacrificing life for mother and mother India is biggest honour. we youth of this country are ready for safety our mother India.
  5. I
    Feb 8, 2016 at 8:52 am
    Preethi, you can also say whatever you want sitting in the house doing nothing. The army themselves is not recommending to demilitarise Siachen. Of course, you can demilitarise Siachen if you want the stan Army and Chinese to organise a party in Ladakh. But who am I kidding ? You won't even think twice before commenting on a situation as serious as this. If decisions were taken emotionally at an administrative/military level, then we would not have sit in our secure homes typeing this very comment.
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