General Naravane visited border outposts in Uttarakhand and interacted with Indian Army officers and personnel deployed there

Amid the ongoing border tension between India and China, Chief of Army Staff General MM Naravane reviewed the security situation and operational preparedness in forward areas along the Indo-China border in Uttrakhand’s Chamoli district.

“On the second day of his visit to Uttarakhand, General MM Naravane #COAS reviewed the security situation and operational preparedness in select forward areas. #COAS exhorted all ranks to continue working with same zeal and enthusiasm,” the Indian Army said in a tweet.

The Army chief conducted an aerial recce of Rimkhim, Niti, and Laptal border outposts (BOPs) in Chamoli district on Thursday, according to a report by news agency PTI published by Hindustan Times.

Gen. Narvane began his two-day visit to Uttarakhand with a visit to Mana, the last Indian village on the Indo-China border on Wednesday.

According to the Hindustan Times, after a visit to Mana, the Army chief reached the brigade headquarters at Joshimath where he interacted with officials and stayed at night. He began his aerial survey of the border out spots on Thursday morning before leaving for Nainital where he will stay for the night, the sources said.

The COAS is likely to visit Pithoragarh on Friday before going to Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh.

India and China have been involved in a long standoff at the Line of Actual Control since early May.

Despite several rounds of dialogue, the deadlock has not ended. Lately, however, there have been constructive engagements between both the countries with a three-step proposal of disengagement reported to be under consideration.

Army Chief Gen Narvane had on Tuesday said that he was hopeful that the Indian and Chinese armies will be able to reach an agreement on disengagement and de-escalation of tension in eastern Ladakh.