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Defence minister Rajnath Singh visits Siachen; reviews military preparedness
Apr 22, 2024 01:37 pm

Divya Delhi :Rajnath Singh visited Siachen, the world's highest battlefield at 20,000 feet in the Karakoram range, reviewing India's military preparedness. Indian Army marked 40th year in the strategically key region, with Singh interacting with soldiers.

 Defence minister Rajnath Singh on Mor visited Siachen and reviewed India's overall military preparedness in the region.The defence minister, accompanied by Army Chief G Manoj Pande, reviewed the overall security situation region, officials said.
Singh also interacted with the soldiers deployed in Siachen.
"I congratulate you for the way you protect the cour the world's highest battlefield, Siachen Glacier."Our national capital is Delhi, Mumbai is our economic capital, and our technological capital is Bengaluru. Siachen is India's capital of valour and bravery," he added.The defence minister also laid a wreath at the war memorial in Siachen base camp and paid his tribute to the brave hearts.Earlier, the defence minister was scheduled to visit Siachen on March 24 to celebrate Holi with troops, but due to 'inclement weather', the programme was changed to Leh, where the defence minister celebrated the occasion with armed forces at Leh military station.
The Siachen glacier, which is at a height of around 20,000 feet in the Karakoram range, is known as the highest militarised zone in the world where the soldiers have to battle frostbite and high winds.Under its 'Operation Meghdoot' the Indian Army established its full control over the Siachen Glacier in April, 1984.A strategically key location for India, Siachen Glacier is located in the eastern Karakoram range in the Himalayas and is often considered the world's highest battlefield.The Indian Army strengthened its presence in Siachen over the last few years.In January last year, Captain Shiva Chauhan from the Army's Corps of Engineers was posted at a frontline post in Siachen Glacier, in the first such operational deployment of an woman Army officer at the key battlefield."The Indian Army's control over Siachen Glacier has not only been a story of unparalleled valour and determination but also an incredible journey of technological advancements and logistical improvements that transformed it from one of the most formidable terrains into a symbol of indomitable spirit and innovation," an Army official had said last week.