27 Apr : The Defence Minister Shri AK Antony visited the forward areas under the White Knight Corps today. During this visit he was accompanied by the Chief of the Army Staff General Deepak Kapoor, the Defence Secretary Shri Vijay Singh, GOC-in-C Northern Command Lt Gen PC Bhardwaj and the General Officer Commanding, White Knight Corps.
The Defence Minister was briefed on the prevailing security situation along the Line of Control. Thereafter, he addressed the troops at the Raina Auditorium, Rajouri where he lauded the role of the Indian Army in curbing infiltration and reducing the levels of insurgency. The Defence Minister said that Army’s vigilance and proactive stance had ensured incident free elections in the state which has been appreciated by one and all. The Minister paid rich tributes to the projects under `Operation Sadbhavana’ by which the socio economic conditions of the local populace has been uplifted in the insurgency affected remote areas of the region.
Shri Antony urged the troops to continue being vigilant by maintaining a high degree of operational preparedness to meet any eventuality in future. He expressed his full satisfaction with the Armed Forces in discharging their duties and appreciated the exceptional role played by them in restoring normalcy in the region.
Later in the day the Defence Minister attended a Sainik Bhoj with the troops, where he personally interacted with all ranks and once again lauded the yeoman services rendered by the Armed Forces in ensuring the integrity and sovereignty of our great nation.