General Manoj Pande is carrying out a first-hand assessment of operational preparedness

Army Chief General Manoj Pande has emphasised on the need for vigil and alertness along the borders during a visit to forward posts along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China.

During a three-day visit to these areas in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand - his first after taking over as the Chief of Army Staff - General Pande is being briefed by local commanders about the prevailing situation along the borders, the Ministry of Defence said on Friday.

The Army Chief's first-hand assessment of the operational preparedness in forward areas will include witnessing the high altitude operational capabilities of deployed formations, including mountaineering skills and long range patrolling.

The COAS is also reviewing the ongoing infrastructure and development work and the Army-Citizen connect in the forward areas.

"While interacting with the Commanders during his visit, the Army Chief emphasised the need for vigil and alertness along the borders. He expressed his satisfaction on the rapid improvement of defensive posture and operational readiness of formations. He appreciated the absorption of modern technology in undertaking persistent surveillance," the defence ministry said.

During his interaction with the troops deployed on the forward posts, General Pande appreciated their high morale and exhorted them to maintain the high standards of professional excellence.

He also complimented the excellent synergy between the Army, CAPF, Civil Administration and Police towards operational effectiveness and sustainable development in the border areas.

General Pande is accompanied by Army Commander, Central Command and GOC, Uttar Bharat Area.