Rajnath inaugurates 63 infra projects in Ladakh, says BRO significant in devp of India

Leh : Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday inaugurated 63 infrastructure projects constructed by Border Roads Organisation (BRO) in the Union Territory on the second day of his three-day visit to Ladakh.

Meanwhile, lauding BRO for playing a significant role in connecting many parts of the country, Mr Singh said connectivity has great importance in the development of a country.

Mr Singh, who arrived here on Sunday, is scheduled to attend a function organized by local administration between 1400 hrs and 1600 hrs on Monday. Later, the Defence Minister will interact with the troops in Leh at around 1900 hrs.

On Sunday, the Defence Minister met elected representatives of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Councils (LAHDC), Kargil and Leh. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also interacted with 300 veterans at Leh and reiterated the Government’s commitment towards the welfare of the ex-servicemen. He was also briefed about the security situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China in Eastern Ladakh by the senior Army officials, including GOC Fire and Fury Corps.

Mr Singh on Sunday arrived in Ladakh to review the overall security situation in the hinterland and along the borders in the Union Territory. The Defence Minister’s visit to Ladakh holds significance as it comes days after India and China held a fresh round of talks and agreed to resolve ‘remaining issues’ to end the prolonged military standoff that began in May last year along the LAC in eastern Ladakh.

At the 22nd meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation & Coordination on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC), held virtually, the two sides agreed to hold the next (12th) round of the Senior Commanders meeting at an early date to achieve the objective of complete disengagement from all the friction points along the LAC. “The two sides had a frank exchange of views on the situation along the LAC in the Western Sector of the India-China border areas,” a statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs said on Friday.

It said that both sides agreed on the need to find an early resolution to the remaining issues along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh keeping in view the agreement reached between the two Foreign Ministers in September 2020.

“In this regard, the two sides agreed to maintain dialogue and communication through the diplomatic and military mechanisms to reach a mutually acceptable solution for complete disengagement from all friction points so as to ensure full restoration of peace and tranquility to enable progress in the bilateral relations. They also agreed that in the interim, the two sides will continue to ensure stability on the ground and prevent any untoward incident,” the statement added.