Government has identified strategically important roads for development along the India-China border and steps are being taken for infrastructure development there,the Rajya Sabha was informed today.
In a written reply to the House,Defence Minister A K Antony said,”Government has identified strategically important border roads for development along the India-China border. As per the Long Term Perspective Plan,other roads have also been identified for development there.”
He said the government is aware of the need for infrastructure development in areas along India-China border and,”steps as required have been initiated to undertake infrastructure development in consonance without threat perception.”
On whether government proposes to increase the strength of force deployed there,Antony said,”Military capacity enhancement and modernisation of armed force is a dynamic process which takes into account the cumulative security challenges envisaged by the nation.”
Necessary steps as required are initiated to achieve the desired defence preparedness through accretion and deployment of forces to ensure national security concerns,Antony said.
Replying to a question whether defence personnel from foreign countries are stationed in India,the Defence Minister said that such persons are stationed in various diplomatic missions here.
“Defence personnel from foreign countries are stationed in various diplomatic missions in India. Apart from this,defence personnel from foreign countries visit India for varying durations as part of bilateral cooperation activities,” he said.