Before leaving for Moscow on Monday to attend Russia’s Victory Day Parade on June 24, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the situation along the LAC at a meeting on Sunday. The Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Bipin Rawat, and the three service chiefs were at the meeting where Singh made it clear that the services would have to be “fully prepared” to take any unprecedented action along the LAC.
Sources said he did not specify what the “unprecedented” action implied, but it was being seen as a “free hand” being given to the battle commanders on the ground. The Defence Minister has also given directions to the Army to be cautious during patrol duties along the LAC, a 3,488 km de facto boundary with China which is undemarcated.
The other two forces, the IAF and the Navy, have been asked to keep an eye on air intrusions or on any unusual activity at sea. All assets are ready and deployed, said sources. The Centre has granted the three services emergency financial powers of up to Rs500 crore per procurement project for weapons and relaxed rules to cut delays in purchase like allowing services to buy weapons from a single vendor, said sources.
Meanwhile, the government has sought product-wise details of cheap imports, comparison with domestic prices and tax disadvantage, if any, from industry to curb low-quality inbound shipments, especially from China, and boost domestic manufacturing.