New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting of Cabinet Committee on Security on Sunday and directed that all possible efforts should be made to bring back the mortal remains of Naveen Shekharappa, who died in Kharkiv, Ukraine, the PMO said.
The 21 year old medical student from Karnataka was standing in the queue for food in Kharkiv when he was killed due to shelling.
The Prime Minister was briefed on the “latest developments” and different aspects of India’s “security preparedness in the border areas” as well as in the maritime and air domain, the PMO added.
“The CCS meeting was held to review India’s security preparedness, and the prevailing global scenario in the context of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine,” the PMO said.
The PM was also briefed on the latest developments in Ukraine, including the details of Operation Ganga to evacuate Indian nationals along with some citizens of India’s neighbouring countries from Ukraine.
The meeting was attended by External Affair Minister S Jaishankar, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla and others top bureaucrats of the country.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has chaired a number of meetings to discuss the Ukraine situation and evacuation of stranded Indians from the war hit territories of the country. Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24.
The Indian security establishment has also been concerned over the pending Russian weapon imports, delivery of spare parts and maintenance of the existing ones. It is believed that the Indian Air Force (IAF) postponed India’s major firepower demonstration Exercise Vayu Shakti 2022, scheduled to be held at Pokhran test facility near Bikaner on March 7 in order to preserve its Russian origin reserves given the uncertainty of imports due to the ongoing war in Ukraine and western sanctions.
As many as 148 aircrafts of the IAF were scheduled to take part in the exercise. The decision was taken amid heightened global tensions and Geo-strategic realignment of countries after the start of the Russia Ukraine war. (UNI)