Jammu : Northern Army Commander Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi on Thursday said the Army was always prepared to meet any challenge and will spare no effort in ensuring the integrity of national borders.
He was speaking at the northern command investiture ceremony organised at the Mathura military station with military precision and detail, the Army said in a statement here.
The army commander said that the highest standards of professionalism and jointness displayed by the troops in all dimensions of Counter Militancy Operations have nullified the kinetic threat.
He said that Jammu and Kashmir has been slowly moving towards normalcy while the efficient persistence in operational planning has resulted in real time tracking and neutralizing of 186 militants in high-risk operations in the year 2022.
On the situation along the Line of Control, the General Officer said that the border has remained stable and the ceasefire understanding continues to sustain.
“A very strict vigil and a robust technology enabled multi-tiered counter infiltration grid are being maintained, to thwart any attempts at infiltration. Ceasefire violations, infiltration bids or any other misadventure attempted by the adversary will be dealt with firmly,” he maintained.
Commenting on Indo-China standoff on line of actual control, Lt Gen Dwivedi said,
“We are ever-ready to respond to any attempt to unilaterally change the status quo. Progressive initiatives for tri-services and inter-agency cooperation to include ITBP and BSF and other CAPFs have borne desired results,” he said. He said that measures to resolve the LAC situation at diplomatic and operational levels are also simultaneously underway. Any adverse aggressive designs or attempts will definitely be met with appropriate posturing of forces and a strong intent.
Meanwhile army said 66 awardees received gallantry and distinguished service awards at the event presided by the General Officer Commanding-in-chief, northern command.
This included 49 Sena Medals (Gallantry), one Bar to Sena Medal (Gallantry), one Yudh Seva Medal, four Sena Medals for Distinguished Service, 10 Vishisht Seva Medals and one Bar to Vishisht Seva Medal, the statement said.
The Army said a total of 33 officers, three junior commissioned officers and 29 other ranks were awarded and recognised for various acts of valour and distinguished services.
One Sena Medal (Gallantry) was received on behalf of rifleman Hussain Khan, who is in coma after being injured in an operation, by his father.
Lt Gen Dwivedi congratulated all awardees for their conspicuous bravery and dedication to duty, and urged all those present to emulate their achievements.
He also highlighted the extremely challenging conditions along the borders and reiterated that the Indian Army was always prepared to meet any challenge and spare no effort in ensuring a peaceful internal security situation and the integrity of the national borders.