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The Army’s Central Command chief Lt General B.S. Negi visited the forward areas of Pithoragarh and Gunji in Uttarakhand on Wednesday, a spokesperson said.
General Negi, along with the Formation Commander, carried out aerial operational reconnaissance of the forward areas along the Line of Actual Control.
The Army Commander took first-hand account of operational matters and deployment of troops in the remote areas under extremely harsh and difficult conditions.
He expressed satisfaction with and appreciated the preparedness level of the formation and units in their areas of responsibility.
There have been incursions by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army on its border with Uttarakhand and the visit of the top ranking official was to test the preparedness of the forces there for “any and all eventualities”, sources said.
Things are normal, the spokesperson said.