Army takes Swachh Bharat Abhiyan to the highest battlefield Siachen

Taking forward Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream of a swachh Bharat, the Indian armed did a cleanliness drive at Siachen which is the highest battleground on this planet.  It is a coordination test to move a wide range of waste out of the ice sheet so that these don’t wind up the plainly natural danger. Armed force keeps on finding a way to guarantee cleanliness at the most astounding war zone, the Defense Ministry said. “The prime intention of the drive is to keep up natural adjust of Siachen icy mass.

“Since the dispatch of the battle in October 2014, Siachen troops have expelled and sent back more than 63 tons of waste to the base,” the Ministry included. A tremendous measure of trash has been brought back through man-pack loads, doormen, horses and here and there returning helicopters. These heaps of rubbish incorporate pressing material, barrels, and perishables. The refuse is covered in profound trenches dove mechanically in zones on the entry of the waste to transfer ranges, which are not on keep running of the streams and where landmass is not delicate.
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At Siachen Martyr’s Funeral, Minister Displays Jayalalithaa’s Photo On Coffin

At the funeral of Sepoy G Ganesan, who lost his life, alongside nine others, in an avalanche in Siachen, politics found its way as Sellur Raju seized the chance to promote Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.
The State Minister also brought a cheque for Rs 10 lakhs on the government’s behalf and held a portrait of CM J Jayalalithaa against his coffin in Madurai. The Tamil Nadu government has previously indulged in a series of gimmicks to promote its chief minister. These include her pictures on flood relief material and couples at a mass marriage wearing bands with her picture.

As per report from Jagran, the minister also made a gesture to the martyr’s mother, asking her to look at the picture and see who exactly the money was coming from. Such behaviour enraged locals present there, who termed it as an insensitive act in front of a martyr’s coffin.

Source: One India

Won’t withdraw troops from Siachen, says Manohar Parrikar

In the wake of the death of 10 soldiers in an avalanche on the Siachen glacier, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday termed their death as ‘painful’ and said that withdrawing troops from the glacier could not be a solution.

Talking on the sidelines of an International Maritime Conference, he said the recent incident of death of 10 soldiers has nothing to do with preparedness as an avalanche is unpredictable in nature. The minister, however, emphasised that the loss of lives on Siachen has come down significantly in the recent years due to the improved facilities.

When questioned if the proposal to  convert Siachen into a “peace mountain” still exists, the minister replied by saying that the decision to deploy troops on Siachen is based on the security of the country. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2005 had proposed to convert the world’s highest battlefield into a “peace mountain” without redrawing the boundaries between India and Pakistan.

Further, Parrikar said that the search operation for the soldiers is still on but the hope of any survival is nil. The army has deployed advanced equipments like wall penetrating radars to search for its missing soldiers.

India and Pakistan has always maintained military presence at heights of 20,000 feet and both the sides have lost men due to extreme weather conditions.

Source: TOI  Indian Express

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