Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Bipin Rawat accompanied by Northern Army Commander Lieutenant General D Anbu visited Siachen, Leh and Srinagar on 23 Jan 2017 and reviewed the security and operational preparedness. He also interacted with Commanders and all ranks.
On arrival at Siachen Base camp, the Army Chief paid tributes to the martyrs by laying a wreath at Siachen War Memorial and then interacted with troops posted at Siachen.
Thereafter, the Army Chief moved to Leh where he was briefed on the overall security situation and operational preparedness by the Corps Commander. The Chief later interacted with officers and men at the Leh Garrison.
During his interaction, he appreciated the commitment, dedication, sacrifice and professionalism of all officers and men posted to the region and called up on them to continue to uphold the core values of the Indian Army.
The Army Chief later moved to Srinagar for his first visit to the Valley after assuming the appointment as COAS where he was briefed about the prevailing security scenario in Kashmir and the measures instituted to integrate all government agencies for efficient intelligence generation and successful conduct of operations. He complimented the soldiers on ground for their high morale, outstanding vigilance and state of preparedness.
The Army Chief who has served the people of Kashmir in various capacities including commanding the prestigious Dagger Division in 2011–2012 and an RR Sector in Sopore – Bandipora in 2006-2007, also conveyed his greetings to the Awaam of Kashmir and reassured them of the Army’s commitment towards their well being.