The dedication of Indian soldiers and veterans towards the country is an “exemplary example”, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Sunday soon after arriving in Ladakh on a three-day visit aimed at taking stock of India’s military preparedness in the region in the face of a prolonged border row with China.
In Leh, Singh interacted with senior elected representatives of Kargil, Leh and Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council with a focus on the overall development of the regions, officials said.
The defence minister, accompanied by Army Chief Gen MM Naravane, also met a number of armed forces veterans and discussed issues relating to their welfare as well as national security.
“The dedication of our soldiers and veterans towards the country is an exemplary example.
I express my gratitude from the bottom of my heart to all,” Singh said on the occasion.
“Our aim is that all of you should be taken care of in the same way you had taken care of the country’s security.
Despite this, if you have any problems somewhere, then a helpline has been arranged for to address them,” his office quoted him as saying.
Official sources said the defence minister will carry out a…