SRINAGAR, SEP 2: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today reviewed the security situation in Kashmir during a visit to the valley and interacted with the troops deployed along the border.
The Defence Minister visited the forward areas in the frontier district of Kupwara. She was briefed by the commanders on ground on the operational preparedness and counter-infiltration grid.
Sitharaman was accompanied by Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat, and was received by Lieutenant General, Ranbir Singh, Northern Army Commander and Lieutenant General, A K Bhatt, Chinar Corps Commander, Defe-nce Ministry spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said in a statement.
During her interaction with the troops, she lauded their round-the-clock sharp vigil along the Line of Control (LoC), high morale and professionalism.
She also exhorted them to remain alert for any eventuality to defeat nefarious designs of hostile forces.
Later, she along with the General Rawat interacted with Governor Satya Pal Malik at Raj Bhavan in Srinagar and discussed the overall internal and external security situation in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of increasing attempts of infiltration from across the Line of Control (LoC) and the ongoing anti-militant operations.
Sitharaman was received by the Governor on her arrival at the Raj Bhavan. The Defence Minister extended warm greetings to Malik on his appointment as the Governor of J&K.
The Governor and Sitharaman discussed several important inter-related issues concerning effective management of internal and external security, particularly in the context of increasing attempts at infiltration and the ongoing anti-militant operations. Malik and the Defence Minister had detailed discussions about the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) and Panchayat elections which will be conducted in the months of October- December this year, crucial need for strengthening and the maintenance of vital road networks and strategic connectivities in J&K, particularly in the Ladakh region.
The Governor also lauded the Northern Army’s working in total coordination with the Civil Administration, State Police and Central Armed Forces for ensuring safety and security of the people.