Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Kashmir, to visit Siachen

Nirmala Sitharaman

This is the Nirmala Sitharaman's first visit to the state after she assumed office as the Defence Minister of India earlier this month.

The minister was received at the Old Airfield by the Northern Army Commander and the Chinar Corps Commander.

CHAIRING her first Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) meeting, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday cleared a project worth Rs 200 crore for buying indigenous sonars for Indian Naval ships, and another one for missiles for the Navy.

Sitharaman was briefed by Army Commanders in Badami Bagh on the Valley security situation.

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She is scheduled to visit Ladakh region tomorrow where she would take stock of the situation along the LAC, the sources said. "The defence minister was briefed about the robust counter infiltration posture along the LoC", said Colonel Rajesh Kalia, defence spokesman at Srinagar.

Army sources said Sitharaman's visit was aimed at sending across the message that the country was prepared to undertake more such operations in the future, as and when needed.

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, the ongoing anti-terrorist operations, and sustained terrorist attacks on Security Forces personnel in the Valley. The Defence minister interacted with the troops and commended their dedication and commitment towards their duties in the challenging circumstances.

"The Defence Minister complimented the commanders for the high level of synergy achieved with the J&K police and central paramilitary military forces", he said.

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