Resolve to further strengthen army-civil relations
STATE TIMES NEWSLeh: An introductory meeting of LAHDC Leh with the top army officers of 14 Corps Leh was held for the first time after Ladakh gained Union Territory status. The meeting was co-chaired by Chairman/ CEC, LAHDC Leh, Gyal P Wangyal and Lt General Harinder Singh, GoC 14 Corps at the Council Secretariat. The Deputy Chairman Tsering Sandup, Executive Councilor for Agriculture Phuntsog Stanzin, Executive Councilor for Education Konchok Stanzin, Executive Councilor for Minorities Mumtaz Hussain, Councilors of LAHDC, Leh and senior army officers of 14 Cops Leh also attended the meeting. CEC Wangyal, while welcoming GoC 14 Corps Leh Lt General Harinder Singh at Council Secretariat, highlighted examplenary cordial relationship between the Armed Forces and civil population since independence and the support of Ladakhi people to Armed Forces in situation of wars and peace. Briefing about the transaction phase of UT Ladakh, Wangyal said that the role of Army in progress of Ladakh was always remained crucial. To further strengthen and consolidate the existing cordial relations and cooperation between civil and Army officials, Wangyal stressed on convening Civil Military Liaison conference in coming months. Lt General Harinder Singh said that Ladakh, after getting UT, is on cusp of change with lots of opportunities coupled with challenges. The leadership and people of Ladakh should use their wisdom responsibly in choosing right opportunities, he said, adding that dealing with peculiar environment and terrain of Ladakh, generating capacity, managing resources and retaining and maintaining societal balance of Ladakh are going to be key factor in driving the engine of Ladakh towards sustainable development and progress. Talking about contribution of army in economy of Ladakh as a largest consumer and job providers, Singh gave assurance to extend full support from Army to the Hill Council and civilians and stressed on developing more mutual understanding and close relationship between Army and civilians especially in border areas. GoC assured that the conduct of 14 Corps will always remain people friendly in Ladakh. Various issues like supply of local agro products to Army including milk, sharing of Army OFC to strengthen mobile network in borders area and menace of stray dogs etc were discussed at length during the meeting.
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