Be prepared for any challenge: Rajnath Singh to Armed Forces

NEW DELHI: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said that efforts are being made to resolve the differences on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh through dialogue with China and that the process of disengagement has been completed at some places.
In an address to the Armed Forces on the eve of the 75th Independence Day, Singh said the dimensions of security are constantly changing in the evolving environment and called upon the three services to be prepared for any challenge that may come their way.
“I call upon you to be prepAared for any challenge that may come your way. I assure you that the government is ready and will continue to always meet your and your loved ones’ needs,” he said, in comments that came in the backdrop of the deteriorating security scenario in Afghanistan. Singh said the Indian civilisation has always been peaceful since ancient times, but peace is not possible without power.
“If non-violence is our ultimate duty, protecting the integrity of the nation is equally important. Therefore, we are ready to sacrifice anything for unity and integrity of the nation,” he said. “In order to maintain peace and prosperity in the country, it is necessary that you should be alert and aware in protecting the nation wherever you are in water, land or sky,” he said.
The Defence Minister also said that the situation along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir remained in check over the last year due to vigilance and indomitable valour of the Indian armed forces. “Ceasefire violations have also come down since February 2021. The infiltration from across the border has stopped due to vigilance of the armed forces and para-military forces,” he said in the address aired on All India Radio.