Defence Minister Visits Ladakh

To review military preparedness…

On Monday, 22 April 2024, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh visited Siachen. It is the world's highest battlefield and reviewed India's overall military preparedness in the region.

Mr. Singh's visit to Siachen came after the Indian Army marked 40 years of its presence in the strategically key region.

The defence minister and the Army Chief Gen Manoj Pande reviewed the security situation in the region, officials said.

Mr. Singh also interacted with the soldiers deployed in Siachen.

The Siachen glacier is at a height of around 20,000 feet in the Karakoram range and is known as the highest militarised zone in the world where the soldiers have to battle frostbite and high winds.

Under its 'Operation Meghdoot' the Indian Army established its full control over the Siachen Glacier in April 1984.

In January last year, Captain Shiva Chauhan from the Army's Corps of Engineers was posted at a frontline post in Siachen Glacier, in the first such operational deployment of a woman Army officer at the key battlefield.

"The Indian Army's control over Siachen Glacier has not only been a story of unparalleled valour and determination but also a marvelous journey of technological advancements and logistical improvements that transformed it from one of the most formidable terrains into a symbol of indomitable spirit and innovation," an Army official said last week.

Edited By: Arusha Farooq

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