Defence minister Rajnath Singh will review the operational situation and military preparedness in the north-east sector during a visit over the weekend, amidst the continuing military confrontation in eastern Ladakh with China.
Singh on Saturday will leave for the Sukna-based 33 Corps, a crucial Army formation that has the 17 (Gangtok), 27 (Kalimpong) and 20 (Binnaguri) Mountain Divisions (each division has 10,000-12,000 soldiers) earmarked for the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China.
He will on Sunday then visit Sherathang, Nathu La and other forward areas near the LAC in Sikkim. “The minister will get briefings and interact with troops during the visit. He will also perform `shastra puja’ at one of the forward locations on the occasion of Dussehra,” said an official.
Singh will also review the progress of some infrastructure projects under `Project Swastik’ of the Borders Roads Organization in the sector, including the JNM alternate access route in Sikkim.
The visit comes at a time when India and China are slated to hold the eight round of corps commander-level talks to defuse the troop standoff in eastern Ladakh, which is into its sixth month now.