New Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General BipinRawat today started his three day visit to Jammu and Kashmir.
According to top army sources, the Army Chief straightway flew to Udhampur based Northern Command where he reviewed the security situation and operational preparedness.
This is his first visit to Jammu and Kashmir after taking over as 27th Chief of Army Staff on December 31, 2016.
According to the sources, the COAS Gen Rawat chaired a high-level meeting of senior officers of Northern Command.
Northern command is one of the operational commands overseeing security situation in Jammu and Kashmir in addition to its job of guarding Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan.
"The Army Chief was briefed by General Officer Commanding-In-Chief (GOC-in-C), Northern Command, Lieutenant General DevrajAnbu about various aspects of operational preparedness and internal security management," defence sources said.
The Army Chief then flew to Nagrota based 16 Corps headquarters, which oversees the Line of Control (LoC) and overall security of Jammu region.
At Nagrota, the Chief was briefed by General Officer Commanding Lieutenant General A K Sharma.
Sources said that he then flew to border town Rajouri where he chaired high level meeting with officer of Infantry Division manning LoC border from Akhnoor to Poonch.
"The Chief was briefed about the prevailing security situation especially along Line of Control and preparedness of forces," said Jammu based defence spokesperson Lt Col Manish Mehta.
He said that General Rawat also interacted with officers and jawans.
"General Rawat lauded the role of Northern Command in restoring peace and normalcy during the recent unrest," Lt Col Metha said, adding that he also commended the soldiers for "strongly responding to the unprovoked ceasefire violations by Pakistan".
"During interaction, Army chief emphasized the need to evolve a dynamic strategy to handle the proxy war and defeat enemy's nefarious designs," the spokesperson said.
"Every soldier of our Army plays an important role in the security of the nation because it is the contribution of every soldier that makes the Army efficient and strong" General Rawat told soldiers in his message.
Sources said that General Rawat will tomorrow visit Srinagar based 15 Corps headquarters to review the security situation in the valley.
"He will talk to senior officers of 15 Corps and take firsthand review of situation in Kashmir," sources said, adding, "The Chief will also visit important military formations in Kupwara and Anantnag."
"On Saturday, the COAS will visit Leh based 14 Crops and Siachen in Ladakh sector," sources added.