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Jammu. Northern Army Commander Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi said on Tuesday that the status quo with China on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh is intact and talks are on at various levels. At the same time, he/she said that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir is under control and efforts are being made to completely stop terrorist incidents there.
The Udhampur-based ‘General Officer Commanding-in-Chief’ (GOC) of the Northern Command was addressing a massive ‘Veterans Sampark’ rally in which over 800 ex-servicemen and ‘Veer Naris’ of a unit of the Jammu Kashmir Rifles attended a rally at Digiana here. Joined. Lt Gen Dwivedi said, “The status quo with China on LAC remains intact. Talks are on at various levels and all our troops are on high alert.”
Lt Gen Dwivedi took over as Army Commander, Northern Command and Colonel of the Jammu Kashmir Rifles Regiment and Ladakh Scouts on February 1 last year. The Indian Army and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) have been engaged in a standoff in several areas along the LAC in eastern Ladakh since May 2020.
Lt Gen Dwivedi also talked about continuation of ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan but added that there were some infiltration attempts which were successfully foiled by the Indian Army. “The situation in the border area is under control. Our anti-terror machinery is fully working with the civil administration and efforts are being made to put a complete stop to terrorist incidents.
“The objective of the rally is to reach out to the ex-servicemen of J&K Rifles, their next of kin and Veer Naris living in the nearby districts of Jammu and nearby areas, to solve their pension related problems and discrepancies and to give them To assist in providing medical help.”
The northern commander said that since most of the soldiers and ex-servicemen of this regiment are from Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab, the army would hold more such rallies in these areas to reach out to the ex-servicemen and solve their problems. he/she said, “My endeavor is to meet ex-servicemen and Veer Naris at their homes. We met ex-servicemen and Veer Naris in Kupwara, Srinagar, Palampur, Leh, Akhnoor, Rajouri and Dehradun and we will hold rallies in Anantnag, Amritsar, Jatog and Darjeeling in future.”
Speaking about the bravery of the J&K Rifles, Lt Gen Dwivedi said that the regiment was raised in Jammu in 1820 and under the command of General Zorawar Singh had captured areas like Tibet, Gilgit, Yasin, Darel, Hunza-Nagar, Chilas and Chitral. Captured and set a splendid example of his/her bravery and sacrifice. Referring to the Agniveer Yojana, he/she said that under the new policy, there will be a written test first and only those candidates who pass the written test will be called for physical and medical tests. he/she said that the Army is committed to provide career options to its ex-servicemen.
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