STATE TIMES NEWSSrinagar: Army Chief General M M Naravane on Thursday arrived here on a two-day visit and took “a firsthand assessment” of the situation along the Line of Control (LoC) in North Kashmir, a Defence spokesperson said.During his interaction with soldiers deployed in the high altitude areas, he appreciated their high morale and complimented them on their response to Pakistan’s ceasefire violations, Col Rajesh Kalia, spokesperson of the prestigious XV corps, said in a statement. The Army Chief also commended the use of technology to ensure effective day and night surveillance across the LoC which has resulted in many successful operations to foil infiltration bids in the recent past.Gen Naravane reinforced the need to extend all possible support to the civilians residing in the border areas who are victims of targeted ceasefire violations by Pakistan Army and are facing hardships due to the pandemic.He later proceeded to interact with commanders and troops deployed in the hinterland, the spokesperson said.While interacting with jawans, the General highlighted that it was “the dawn of a new era of development, peace and prosperity in Kashmir” and applauded them for their high level of morale and contribution to peace building in Jammu and Kashmir. He appreciated the high level of coordination amongst all government agencies towards maintaining peace in the Valley and efforts to reach out to the people to overcome the challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Later in the day, he reviewed the overall security situation along with the Northern Army Commander and Chinar Corps Commander, Col Kalia said.General Manoj Mukund Naravane also met Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha here. He was accompanied by Lt. General YK Joshi, Army Commander, Northern Command and Lt. General BS Raju, GOC, Chinar Corps. The Lt Governor and the Army Chief discussed several important issues related to effective management of internal and external security, particularly in the context of attempts at infiltration and the steps required to be taken for more effectively dealing with terrorist activities. The Lt Governor lauded the Indian Army’s role in safeguarding the territorial integrity and the internal security of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir in co-ordination with the J&K Police and Central Armed Police Forces. Gen Narvane is scheduled to return to New Delhi on Friday.
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