Nirmala Sitharaman visits forward army posts in Arunachal, takes stock of defence preparedness

The defence minister interacted with the troops at Army posts at Kibithu in Anjaw district and lauded their dedication to the service and their efforts in such a remote and inhospitable terrain

By: PTI | Itanagar | Published: November 5, 2017 8:50:55 pm
Nirmala Sitharaman, Nirmala Sitharaman in Arunachal, Arunachal security situation, Line of actual control, China border, Doklam standoff, Sitharaman chabua air force base, Arunachal news Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at Kibithu, Arunachal Pradesh, on Sunday. (Source: PTI)

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday visited forward Army posts in remote Anjaw district of Arunachal Pradesh bordering China to take stock of the security situation.

The minister, on her maiden visit to the state, was accompanied by General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Eastern Command Lieutenant Gen Abhay Krishna and other senior Army officers. She was briefed on the situation and the defence preparedness along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), spokesman Lt. Col. Sombit Ghosh said.

Sitharaman, who arrived in the state on a two-day visit on Sunday, interacted with the troops at forward army posts at Kibithu in Anjaw district and lauded their dedication to the service and their efforts in such a remote and inhospitable terrain, he said.`

She also visited the air force base in Chabua in Tinsukia district of neighbouring Assam, where she was received by Senior Air Staff Officer (HQ), Eastern Air Command, Air Marshal Rajesh Kumar and Air Commodore George Thomas. The minister took stock of the operational preparedness and infrastructure development at the base, the release said.

The strategic base presented a static display of the combat assets to the minister, which included the Sukhoi 30MKI fighter aircraft and advanced missiles. She also interacted with Air Force personnel there.

On Saturday, Sitharaman inaugurated the Buddha Mahatsava at Bomdila in West Kameng district in Arunachal Pradesh and held a security meeting with Chief Minister Pema Khandu in Itanagar.

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