The Army has conducted a formal court of inquiry into the Galwan clash with Chinese troops in June 15 that left 20 Indian soldiers and an unspecified number of PLA troops dead in the midst of a tense border stand off.
The need for the tents is being felt as the deployment on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) is expected to be prolonged as the senior armed forces officers feel that the stand-off is likely to continue at least till September-October timeframe.
Officials, on condition of anonymity, said most of the state civil administrations that the Army has spoken to would be able to manage the nationwide lockdown for at least the next fortnight. However, some Army formations have been training troops to be prepared in case of being called to help.
He also asked all Army personnel to take prescribed precautions against the virus and assured soldiers and officers deployed along borders with Pakistan and China that special care is being taken of their families in the wake of the pandemic. "I would request everyone to take care of themselves and their families. Your safety is my first responsibility," the Army Chief said.
The Army has also stopped the recruitment drives across the country, including the Service Selection Board (SSB) exams. Army officials said they issued an advisory that all wargames and conferences will be postponed. Training activities have also been postponed or cancelled till further orders.
Kanitkar will be the third woman officer from defence services to bag this prestigious position. Vice admiral Dr. Punita Arora was the first woman from the Indian Navy to get the second highest rank in the armed forces and Padmavathy Bandopadhyay, the first woman Air Marshal of the IAF, was the second woman in the forces to be promoted to a three-star rank after Arora.
The summer strategy also involves re-occupying some in-depth ‘winter vacated’ posts along the LoC that either cannot be occupied or are not air-maintainable due to the snow. However, even during winters the LoC remains well secured and there are no gaps.
Just a year ago, wife of martyred Major Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal, had said that she was proud of her husband while standing in front of his coffin. And now, she is making her husband proud as she is all set to step into his shoes and join the Indian Army. Nitika Kaul, the widow of Major Dhoundiyal, who lost his life in a terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir last year, has cleared her Short Service Commission (SSC) exam and interview and is now waiting for the merit list.“I have cleared Short Service Commission (SSC) exam and now I’m waiting for the merit list. As soon as it comes and I’m hoping I will make through it, I will be joining Army,” she said.Pulwama martyr's wife, Nitika Dhoundiyal set to join Indian Army