General Bikram Singh Briefs Modi on Security Situation

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General Bikram Singh Briefs Modi on Security Situation
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General Bikram Singh Briefs Modi on Security Situation

On a day Pakistani troops shelled Indian positions, Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh today briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the security situation, including ceasefire violations, operational preparedness of the force and its requirements.

The urgent need to upgrade infrastructure in areas bordering Pakistan and China was also flagged by the Army Chief in his first substantial presentation, that lasted for about three hours, to the new Prime Minister.

Army spokesperson termed the briefing "broad-based" in which all major security issues and challenges were touched upon by Gen Singh.

"It was a detailed review of the security situation, including the internal security situation in North (Jammu and Kashmir) and the Northeast. The status of operational readiness was also discussed besides the future challenges," he said.

The issue of ceasefire violations on the LoC is also understood to have figured in the briefing, which significantly took place on a day when Pakistan shelled Indian positions in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir.

Army sources, however, said Gen Singh's briefing to the Prime Minister was not because of today's ceasefire violation. It was scheduled for an earlier date but was rescheduled for today because of the death of Cabinet Minister Gopinath Munde.

The Army Chief pressed on the need to develop quality roads and other infrastructure in the border states and "deficiencies" facing it also came up in the briefing.

Official sources said Gen Singh reiterated Army's opposition to removal of AFSPA from J&K, a demand pushed by the state government, saying time for it has not come yet.

In the power-point presentation, he also touched upon the insurgency in Assam and other Northeast states.

Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh and Army Chief-designate Lt Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag, who is presently the Vice-Chief, and Defence Secretary R K Mathur were also present in the meeting.

The briefing, sources said, began at 10 AM and lasted till 12.40 PM.

The briefing took place a day before Jaitley's visit to J&K to review the security situation.

He is scheduled to meet the top Army brass and state government functionaries tomorrow and will be visiting forward posts the day after during his two-day visit.

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