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Rise in infiltration incidents but borders secure: Gen Singh

Posted on Dec 08, 08:11PM | UNI

Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh today admitted that there was a rise in incidents of border intrusion this year but stressed that the army was well prepared to counter the "dynamic situation".

The Army chief, during a brief inter-action with mediapersons after reviewing the Passing Out Parade at Indian Military Academy here, did not specify any particular border area and said the number and reasons of incidents of infiltrations varied in different sectors.

He said the army had taken several measures to deal with the "dynamic situation" and stressed that there was no problem about security of the borders.

In reply to a query on shortage of arms, ammunition and equipments, Gen Singh said that all armies face such situations adding that the army had enough and was acquiring more and it was an ongoing process.

In reply to another query, Gen Singh emphatically said that army had "zero tolerance" towards corruption and anyone found guilty would be dealt with severely under the Army Law.

On the threat of cyber-crimes, Gen Singh said attention was being paid and more work was being undertaken in this field.

Earlier, Gen Singh while addressing Gentlemen Cadets after reviewing the POP, complemented the 686 Gentlemen Cadets, including 71 from foreign nations, for the immaculate turnout and exceptionally high standards of drill.

He expressed special appreciation for the cadets from Afghanistan, Maldives, Tajikistan, Mauritius and Bhutan and said that he was certain that their good experiences and bonding forged here would contribute significantly towards strengthening of the bonds of friendship in the bilateral relations.

Noting that Indian Army had a formidable image and had set benchmarks for valour, courage under fire and selfless sacrifice in four major wars on borders, in the ongoing internal security commitments and even in the Global environment as contributor to the UN peace keeping operations, he advised the young officers to always show enthusiasm, rapidity, righteousness and civility under all circumstances and challenges.

The army chief also stressed upon upgradation of professional knowledge which he said would come from a lifelong process of learning and practicing.