New Delhi: Army Chief Gen Manoj Pande on Friday reviewed the security situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
The Army Chief is currently on a three-day forward area visit to the LAC in two states.
This is the maiden visit of Gen Pande to this sector after taking over as Army Chief, the Indian Army said.
He was accompanied by Army Commander, Central Command and GOC, Uttar Bharat Area. During visits to the forward posts, the Chief is being briefed by local commanders about the prevailing situation along the borders, it added.
Taking a first-hand assessment of the operational preparedness in forward areas, the Army Chief is scheduled to witness the high altitude operational capabilities of deployed formations, including mountaineering skills and long range patrolling.
He is also reviewing the ongoing infrastructure and development work and the Army-Citizen connect in forward areas.
While interacting with the Commanders during his visit, the Army Chief emphasised the need for vigil and alertness along the borders.
As per a statement issued by the Indian Army, Gen Pande expressed his satisfaction on the rapid improvement of defensive posture and operational readiness of formations.
He appreciated the absorption of modern technology in undertaking persistent surveillance.
Gen Pande, during his interaction with the troops deployed on the forward posts, appreciated their high morale and exhorted them to maintain high standards of professional excellence.
He also complimented the excellent synergy between the Army, CAPF, Civil Administration and Police towards operational effectiveness and sustainable development in the border areas.