Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh visited Siachen glacier yesterday (Monday, June 3), where he interacted with the soldiers and assured them that the government would look after the requirements of all the jawans posted there. He was accompanied by the Army chief Gen Bipin Singh Rawat and the Northern Army Commander, Lt Gen Ranbir Singh.

“Visited a forward post and Siachen base camp today and interacted with the Army personnel serving in this region which is also known as the ‘the highest battle field in the world’,” Rajnath Singh tweeted.

“I am proud of all Army personnel serving in Siachen who are leaving no stone unturned to defend our motherland. I am also proud of their parents who have sent their children to serve the nation by joining the armed forces. I will personally send a thank you note to them,” Singh said.

Rajnath Singh also paid tributes to the martyred soldiers.  He urged all to continue the good work that they were doing and ensure safety of the innocent people while dealing firmly with the inimical elements, the defence spokesperson added.

“Paid tributes to the martyred soldiers who sacrificed their lives while serving in Siachen. More than 1100 soldiers have made supreme sacrifice defending the Siachen Glacier. The nation will always remain indebted to their service and sacrifice,” Rajnath Singh wrote on Twitter.

Singh’s predecessors, Nirmala Sitharam and Manohar Parrikar, also visited the glacier to understand the challenges Indian soldiers face.

In October 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had spent Diwali with soldiers at the base camp to boost their morale. When George Fernandes was the defence minister from 1998-2004, he paid more than 30 visits to the glacier.