30 September, Srinagar
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Saturday visited the forward locations of Leh, Ladakh and Siachen in Jammu and Kashmir and reviewed the security situation in the area.
She also inaugurated a strategically important bridge on river Shyok on the road between Durbuk and Daulat Beg Oldi. The bridge will link Leh to Karakoram, providing connectivity on the strategically important route for military transport.
On the final day of her two day state tour, Ms Sitharaman, accompanied by the Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, Commander of Northern Command and Corps Commander of the Ladakh Corps, interacted with the soldiers in the remote areas of Siachen Glacier and conveyed her best wishes on the auspicious occasion of Dussehra. The Defence Minister also laid wreath at War Memorial in Siachen Base Camp.
During her visit to Leh she interacted with the troops of Indian Air Force at Air Force Station Leh. Addressing the officers and personnel of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) in Leh after inaugurating the shyok bridge, she said, the construction of bridges and roads at such high-altitude terrain was nothing short of a miracle.
Ms Sitharaman said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the central government fully supported the jawans who protect the nation under all circumstances. Asserting that the army is absolutely prepared for any contingency, The defence minister said that government will support soldiers with all the logistics.
On the issue of terrorism, Ms Sitharaman said government will use every force required to eliminate the terrorists. This was Ms Sitharaman’s first visit to Jammu & Kashmir after assuming the charge as Defence Minister.