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Defence Minister Sitharaman Takes Stock Of Border Security In Kashmir

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| September 29 , 2017 , 20:50 IST

Visiting Jammu and Kashmir on a two-day visit, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday took stock of the security situation on the border and reviewed the battle preparedness of the troops stationed on the frontline.

This comes as the first visit of Nirmala Sitharaman to the princely state after she assumed office as the Defence Minister.

As she landed in the state in the Old Airfield, she was received by the Northern Army Commander and Chinar Corps Commander.

Later the Defence Minister visited one of the forwardmost posts on the LoC in Kashmir, where she reviewed the security situation and military preparedness.

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News Agency ANI tweeted, "Jammu & Kashmir: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visits one of the forward posts along the LoC in Kashmir."

Sitharaman has worked wonders for the army in whatever short time she had assumed the office. As one of the very first decisions for the army, she had boosted women empowerment issuing the plan that pitched the inclusion of around 800 women in the military police.

This visit follows Union Minister Jitender Singh's comment who had said that there is a need to “change the discourse” around J&K.

He had said, “There is need to change the discourse (on J&K) for future generations. We have to change the agenda.There is no such issue as Kashmir issue. It is as much a part of India as Uttar Pradesh, Bihar or any other state.”

Recently, the defence minister also held talks with US Defence Secretary James Mattis, during his two-day visit to India, over the issues of cross-border terrorism and troops in Afghanistan.

K.Narasimhan

This is an encouraging step by DM.