JAMMU, Sept 16: Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Command accompanied by Lieutenant General YK Joshi, General Officer Commanding, Fire & Fury Corps visited forward locations in Eastern Ladakh today.
He was briefed on the operational situation and readiness being maintained in the sector. Lt Gen Ranbir Singh interacted with the troops deployed at the forward locations and complimented them for their tenacity and dedication to duty in extreme terrain and in conditions of adversity. He urged them to continue to uphold the highest standards of professionalism of the Indian Army.
The GOC-in-C then interacted with members of the 15th Finance Commission. The Finance Commission team under the stewardship of Chairman, NK Singh is on a visit to field formations in Northern Command, to gain first-hand knowledge about the challenges faced by the Indian Army in discharging their duties under extreme terrain and altitude conditions.
Amongst its many charters, the Finance Commission is also mandated to take stock of the requirements of the Armed Forces and assess the financial outlay required to meet the operational needs in terms of roads, infrastructure, weapons and equipment. Lt Gen Ranbir Singh apprised the members about the unique challenges faced by the forces in the Ladakh Sector.
Later in the day, Lt Gen Ranbir Singh had a meeting with prominent members of the civil society including Prof P Stobdan, ex Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan and C Phonsog, first Vice Chancellor of Ladakh University.
Issues related to civic developments post declaration of Ladakh as Union Territory were discussed during the interaction.
The constructive and positive role played by Indian Army in the development of Ladakh and contribution in meeting the aspirations of locals were also discussed.
Lt Gen Ranbir Singh assured the full support of Northern Command in making the UT of Ladakh a success story and a model for others to emulate.