Millennium Post (Kolkata)

Our preparedne­ss levels of very high order, says General Pande


In the backdrop of the nearly four-year border row with China in eastern Ladakh, Army Chief General Manoj Pande on Wednesday said the Indian Army’s preparedne­ss levels are of a “very high order” and the force is keeping a “very close watch” on developmen­ts across the border.

In response to questions asked during a panel discussion at Times Now Summit here, General Pande also said he believed that it was “only through talks” that one can find resolution of the balance issues that are currently at hand.

The eastern Ladakh border standoff erupted on May 5, 2020, following a violent clash in the Pangong Lake area.

The ties between the two countries nose-dived significan­tly following the clash in

the Galwan Valley in June 2020 that marked the most serious military conflict between the two sides in decades.

“We are prepared in every manner. Our levels of operationa­l readiness, operationa­l preparedne­ss is of a very high order. In terms of our deployment­s along the entire length of 3,488 km (LAC) of our borders, I would say is both robust as well as balance. We have also ensured that we have adequate reserves in terms of dealing with contingenc­ies... We have our response mechanism firmly in place,” General Pande said.

He was asked how well is the Indian Army prepared in the backdrop of the eastern Ladakh border standoff.

“We have talks at two levels.

One is at the military level, at the level of our corps commanders, we have had 21 rounds of talks. At the diplomatic level, where we have the mechanism, WMCC (Working Mechanism for Consultati­on and Coordinati­on on India-China Border Affairs,” he said, adding several rounds of WMCC talks have taken place post the event of mid-2020.

The 28th meeting

WMCC was held on November 30, 2023.

“It is my belief that only through talks you will find resolution of the balance issues that are currently at hand. While these talks are progressin­g, we are also focusing on capability developmen­t along our northern borders, of which technology infusion, modernisat­ion are important,” the Army chief said. General Pande said the Army is also focusing on infrastruc­ture developmen­t and “I believe, we are moving in the right direction”.

“Our preparedne­ss levels are of a very high order and we are keeping a very close watch on developmen­ts and what is happening across the border,” he added.

Asked to quantify the threat perception from China, General Pande said from time to time “we keep reviewing threats”.

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FILE PIC General Manoj Pande

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