Army strong, well-equipped to tackle every threat: MoS Defence

Army strong, well-equipped to tackle every threat: MoS Defence
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Jammu, Jan 20: Minister of State (MoS) for Defence Ajay Bhatt Friday stated that the Indian army was very strong, well-equipped and capable enough to effectively take on adversaries and tackle every challenge and threat, anywhere and everywhere.

After paying  tributes to the fallen heroes at Balidan Stambh Jammu during his visit to the Tiger Division in Jammu, MoS Defence was responding to media queries on spurt in targetted killings in J&K.

"Tourism sector witnessed a downfall all across the globe and India was no exception. However, India under the strong and visionary leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi managed this crisis situation well. Steering the country to road to recovery, the country’s leadership led it to emerge as the world’s fifth largest economy. Presently India's financial status was well-cushioned against the effects of recession - a global phenomenon, with an enviable position of forex, and food reserves. On the defence front also, our soldiers enjoy free hand to take on enemies.  In the changed scenario, they don't sit quietly if they (soldiers) or civilians are attacked. They respond to the enemy in a befitting manner," he said in response to yet another related question.

Earlier in the day, he visited the Tiger Division of the Rising Star Corps. MoS Defence was received by Maj Gen Gaurav Gautam, GOC Tiger Division in Jammu. Bhatt paid tributes to the bravehearts in a ceremonial wreath laying ceremony at Balidan Stambh.

"The MoS Defence was also briefed on the operational preparedness of the Tiger Division. Later he interacted with the troops of the Tiger Division and lauded their morale for maintaining the highest standards of professionalism and dedication towards duty while safeguarding the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the nation," said PRO Defence Lt Col Devender Anand, in an official statement.

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