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Rajnath visits forward post along LAC in Arunachal to assess country’s defence

New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday visited the forward areas of 3 Corps in Anini, Arunachal Pradesh to on-ground assess the country’s defence preparedness along the LAC.

According to a Ministry of Defence statement, Rajnath Singh visited the forward areas of 3 Corps in Anini, a village in Dibang valley of Arunachal Pradesh today.

He made an on-the-ground assessment of the country’s defence preparedness along the LAC by taking stock of the entire gamut of security-related aspects, the statement read.

In an interaction with Armed Forces personnel in Tezpur, Assam, following the visit, Singh commended the dedication and sacrifice of the soldiers posted at the borders, bravely protecting the sovereignty, unity and integrity of the country.

Strengthening India’s military prowess has been the Government’s top priority ever since it came to power since 2014, with focus on equipping the Services with state-of-the-art weapons/equipment through an ‘Aatmanirbhar’ defence industry, Singh said.

He termed the Armed Forces as the very reason behind the strength and confidence of the Nation.

Singh lauded the Armed Forces for instilling a sense of national pride and patriotism among the people, especially the youth, by displaying their strength and courage from time to time, the statement added.

The defence minister said that India’s international image has completely been transformed due to the bold decisions taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well as the gallant deeds of the Armed Forces.

“There was a time when India wasn’t taken seriously on international platforms,” Singh said, adding that due to the efforts of our Prime Minister, today we have become an assertor from a mere observer.

“The Indian military is respected all over the globe.”

“Our friendly foreign countries have trust in them. It is one of the major reasons India has emerged as a powerful nation. Today, we are the fifth largest economy in the world, strongly moving forward,” he said.

According to the release, Chief of the Army Staff General Manoj Pande, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Command Lieutenant General RP Kalita and other senior officers of the Indian Army accompanied the defence minister.

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