Bipin Rawat
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On Monday, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat said that the Indian armed forces will leave no stones unturned to safeguard the nation—be it on land, air, or ocean.

The General while speaking with the media stated that they are in a standoff in Ladakh and based on that there are some development activities which has been ongoing in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China. He added that every nation will continue to prepare for ensuring its security based on its own strategic interest.

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Rawat confirmed that high levels of preparation are also underway on air, sea, and land as China tries to change the status quo on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) along the northern border.

The CDS underlined the importance of technology in the armed forces. He added that it’s high time to look into the future of warfare, all by imbibing newer technology into Indian systems. He went on to state that India has enough forces to counter any threat or challenges that the country may face on the northern borders.

These comments come in the time when India has authorised the defense forces to enhance their stocking of ammunition and weapons for a 15-day intense war as India is in the middle of a conflict with China over the border row in eastern Ladakh.

The authorisation now allows the increase in weapon and ammunition reserves to a minimum of 15-I levels from the earlier existing 10-day stocking. This is to prepare the defense forces for a two-front war with both Pakistan and China, CDS added.

Additionally, the three services were also given the emergency financial powers to get equipment worth Rs 300 crore which they felt would be of use for fighting wars. As of now, the defense forces have been buying several weapons, missiles, and systems for effectively taking on two adversaries.

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