Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to China on May 14, Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh will be visiting Northeast this week to review the border infrastructure in three states — Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkil and Assam.
The visit follows Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s recent trip to the region where he had undertaken a review of the military preparedness.
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During the four-day visit, beginning May 9, Singh will reviewing the road network in the three states, bordering China. He will also be overseeing the progress of project Swastik in Sikkim which is being implemented by the Border Roads Organisation. Singh is scheduled to visit Kibithu — the place where India and China held their first border personnel meeting in October 2014 in Arunachal Pradesh — besides Walong and Along. “Singh will also visit Nathu La post and Chabua airbase that houses the frontline Sukhoi fighters of the Indian Air Force,” a Defence official said.
China, which addresses Arunachal Pradesh as south Tibet, had protested Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh in February. Defence ministry officials, however, maintained that the visits by the ministers are in line with the government’s directive. In January, the PM’s Office had urged Union ministers to visit Northeast states and directed that at least one minister should visit the region in 15 days.
“The review of the infrastructure under the ministry is being undertaken as per the government’s decision,” said an official.