Defence Minister reviews security situation in Poonch and Rajouri

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Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar completed his two day visit to Jammu & Kashmir on 23 May 15. He was in the state to review overall security situation. On the second & last day of his visit the defence minister arrived at Jammu airfield today. He was accompanied by Chief of Army Staff, General Dalbir Singh and Army Commander, Northern Command, Lieutenant General DS Hooda. The Defence Minister was received at Jammu Airport by General Officer Commanding, White Kinght Corps, Lieutenant General KH Singh. The defence minister visited the forward areas on LoC in Hamirpur Battalion Area where he was received by General Officer Commanding, Ace of Spades division.  He was briefed on the current security situation along the LoC and areas south of Pir Panjal by General Officer Commanding, White Knight Corps. The briefing included the overall security situation, cross – border infiltration, measures on security grid for LoC, counter terrorist operations and counter IED measures in place.  He was also shown surveillance equipment being used as part of the surveillance grid.  The Defence Minister also briefed on the various Sadbhavna projects and initiatives that are being undertaken by White Knight Corps. The Chief of Army Staff and Army Commander, Northern Command highlighted to the Defence Minister about the villages that are ahead of the fence are devoid of basic amenities in term of schooling and health care, it is the local Army units who are providing the necessary assistance in terms of education, community centres, solar lights, holding of regular medical camps as part of Sadhbavna initiatives. Children from these border villages are also taken for various National Integration Tours on a regular basis.  Defence Minister interacted with the troops over a cup of tea to get first hand input of the ground situation. He appreciated the high standards of military discipline and preparedness of the troops and their excellent performance in the difficult terrain and challenging operational environment.

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