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Avoiding war with China will cost Delhi in long run. Beijing’s LAC aggression will return.
The CAG has flagged acute shortage and inadequate reserve of equipment and rations for Army troops in high-altitude areas of Siachen, Ladakh and Doklam.
Army officers say such visits act as morale booster for troops who brave extreme challenges due to harsh weather, high-altitude conditions, difficult terrain.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh told Parliament that 16 Army personnel were killed until 1 December this year. On 4 December, four others were killed.
In a bid to boost tourism in Ladakh, the govt is opening the area from Siachen base camp to Kumar Post to show people the "tough work" done by the Army.
The biggest challenge in cleaning up Siachen has been the height of the glacier, which ranges between 18,000 and 21,000 feet.
On day 3 as defence minister, Rajnath Singh was in Siachen to pay tribute to the soldiers and met with top military commanders of the area.
IAF pilots flying sorties over Khardung La in late 1970s were told by their supervisors to watch out for some antennae.
As Defence Minister, George Fernandes had also passed an order making it mandatory for ministry officials to spend a week in Siachen before making decisions.
George Fernandes was a proud Indian, a fine diplomat and a charming host.
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