In an oblique reference to the continuing standoff between India and China in Ladakh, Union minister G Kishan Reddy on Saturday remarked that the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) has damaged the parable of some nations that they’ve a robust military. The minister of state for house was addressing the troops of the mountain warfare-trained border power on the event of its 59th elevating day.
Without naming anybody, Reddy mentioned whereas India believes within the philosophy of “vasudhaiva kutumbakam” or the world is one household, the tradition of the nation teaches it to worship each “shastra and astra” or sacred scriptures and weapons on the similar time.
“This has taught us that the enemy can raise its head anytime, anywhere and we should be fully prepared to face any possibility. The ITBP is an important pillar of that preparedness of the country,” Reddy mentioned.
“The armies of some countries had a myth that they were among the powerful armies of the world, but during the developments in the past few months, the ITBP has broken that myth,” he added.
The nation and its residents are pleased with the ITBP’s valour and dedication, the minister mentioned.
The ITBP is the designated power to protect the three,488-km-long Sino-India Line of Actual Control (LAC) that runs from Ladakh to Arunachal Pradesh within the northeastern flank of the nation.
The Army and the border-guarding power are engaged in a army standoff within the Ladakh area for the previous few months.
The ITBP had someday in the past mentioned it “fought the whole night” and gave a befitting reply to the Chinese PLA troops throughout a violent conflict between the 2 sides on June 15-16.
Reddy mentioned the power not solely mans the borders and ensures the interior safety of the nation, but additionally protects its financial pursuits.
“India is surrounded by a hostile neighbourhood and our enemy, time and again, puts obstacles to stop our economic development. When you defeat these designs of the enemy, you ensure the country’s economic development,” he mentioned.
Reddy mentioned the Narendra Modi authorities is “determined” to strengthen and “modernise” the power, and knowledgeable about sure sanctions given to it within the latest previous.
“I am happy to inform that the ITBP has been given the approval by the Ministry of Home Affairs to establish 47 border posts, uniform special clothing and mountaineering equipment for high-altitude locations, latest weapons are being provided and work is on to prepare priority border roads for the force,” he mentioned.
The minister mentioned the Centre had permitted a price range of Rs 7,223 crore for the power for monetary yr 2019-20.
“I assure you that there will be no dearth of funds for the ITBP,” Reddy added.
ITBP Director General (DG) Surjeet Singh Deswal additionally spoke on the occasion as he lauded the bravery displayed by the troops not too long ago in Ladakh beneath “very challenging circumstances”.
Deswal mentioned he toured the Ladakh border entrance not too long ago and himself honoured the gallant personnel, whereas including that suggestions have been despatched to the federal government for awarding gallantry medals to a few of them who fought towards the Chinese troops.
The power has left no stone unturned to protect this border, confronted with challenges of climate, low temperatures and oxygen ranges and a tough terrain, he mentioned.
Deswal mentioned the power has finalised and despatched to the house ministry a proposal for establishing “phase-2 of India-China border roads”.
“A proposal has also been sent to the high-level empowered committee for the creation of 18 foot-tracks in Arunachal Pradesh. We hope that the work on this will begin soon,” the ITBP chief mentioned.
He added that the power is offering higher autos, bullet-proof jackets and helmets, clothes and ration to its troops on the border.
New programs for higher communication have been put in, Deswal mentioned.
The ITBP was raised within the aftermath of the 1962 Chinese aggression and it has a energy of about 90,000 personnel with 60 battalions on the bottom.
(With PTI inputs)
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