Defence Minister Rajnath Singh arrives in Ladakh, Friday morning, July 17, 2020. Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane accompanied him on the visit.
Rajnath Singh inspects a Pika machine gun at Stakna, Leh, as he reviewed perparedness of the Army.
The Defence Minister witnessed para-trooping and other military demonstrations at Stakna, Leh, Friday. He also interacted with the soldiers at the forward base in eastern Ladakh. Singh, who arrived in Leh more than a month after 20 soldiers were killed in Galwan Valley on June 15, assured the troops that their sacrifice will not go in vain.
“We will not allow the sacrifice of soldiers to go in vain. National pride is our strength; nobody can hurt it. Your bravery and sacrifice will always inspire us,” the Defence Minister said. Rajnath’s trip also comes days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surprise visit to Ladakh on July 3 during which he also addressed troops and signalled the country’s firmness in dealing with the India-China border row.