New Delhi, Oct 7: Newly appointed Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will visit Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh on Saturday and Sunday to review the situation along India’s border with China. Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat will also be accompanying Sitharaman, says report.
“The defence minister is scheduled to visit to border states of Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh, where she will take stock on the prevailing security situation, especially after the Dokalam face-off. During the visit, she will be briefed by top commanders of the Eastern command on the defence preparedness (sic),” The New Indian Express quoted an official as saying.
Sitharaman was earlier scheduled to visit Arunachal Pradesh, too, but it was cancelled later, a source in Army informed media. Sitharaman and Lt General Sarath Chand will reportedly visit Tezpur in Assam during the two-day visit beginning today.
Earlier last month, the Defence Minister had visited the Siachen Glacier, the world’s highest and coldest battlefield, and also some other forward posts in the Ladakh region and took stock of the security situation in the area. Sitharaman also inaugurated a bridge on river Shyok on the road between Durbuk and Daulat Beg Oldi.