In its first briefing to parliamentarians on the face-to-face situation in eastern Ladakh,the Defence Ministry has said Chinese soldiers have set up a temporary camp 19 km inside the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and that efforts are on to return to status quo.
Defence Secretary Shashi Kant Sharma,who appeared before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence on Friday,updated members on the current situation on the border and said a close watch is being kept on the situation and that India has deployed forces after the temporary camp was discovered.
This is the first time that the Defence Ministry has given details of the face-to-face situation that has developed in the Depsang plains after a group of 30 odd Chinese soldiers pitched a temporary camp inside Indias side of the LAC. The situation became alarming as the soldiers have made no move of vacating the post for the past 10 days.
While initially it was reported that the camp has been set up 10 km inside the Indian territory,this is the first time that the ministry has said the camp is as much as 19 km on the Indian side of the LAC.
The official,however,did not go into details of the two flag meetings that have taken place as well as the governments strategy on the issue,promoting protests by members. A detailed briefing on the issue to the panel has now been fixed for Tuesday.
Sources said that the Defence Ministry officials informed the panel that action has been taken as per the established mechanisms and efforts are on to resolve the issue through diplomatic channels. The panel was also informed that there are differing perceptions of the LAC as the border has not been properly delineated,promoting patrols across each others claim lines.