China talks on but be ready for any challenge: Defence minister Rajnath to armed forces | India News
“Efforts are on to resolve differences through mutual dialogue with China on the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh. The process of disengagement has been completed successfully at some of the places,” said Singh, in his address to the armed forces on the eve of Independence Day.
Turning to Pakistan, the minister said the situation along the Line of Control has remained “under control”, and infiltration has been checked, over the last one year due to “the alertness, indomitable valour and vigilance” of Indian soldiers. The border ceasefire violations have also come down after the fresh truce with Pakistan in February this year.
If “non-violence is our ultimate duty”, protecting the nation’s integrity is equally important. “We will always be ready to do anything in the defence of the country, no matter what price may be paid for it. To maintain peace and prosperity, it is necessary that you should always be alert in the defence of the nation,” said Singh.
The government is leaving “no stone unturned” to meet the operational requirements of the armed forces. The capital outlay in the annual defence budget has been increased from Rs 1.13 lakh crore to Rs 1.35 lakh crore, which is an increase of 18.75% from the previous financial year.
Citing the ongoing induction of the 36 Rafale fighter jets from France and the recent Rs 46,000 crore order for 83 indigenous Tejas light combat aircraft, he said the “operational edge” and combat capability of the IAF is being steadily enhanced.
August 14, 2021, 10:49 pm