Kargil war resulted in change in the defence set up in the country

BD Kasniyal
GG News Bureau
Pithoragarh, 26th July. The Kargil war in 1999 reuled in changing the shape of the defence set in particular the Indian Army. It was after Kargil war a defence committee, that was formed to help army change according to new situation said retired army officers.
“The defence committee, that was formed after war had recommended for create post of chief of defence staff besides some modernization initiatives and as a result the post of Chief defence of staff which is headed by Bipin Rawat now was created”, said Major (R) BS Rautela a defence expert and a war veteran.
According to the army officer, the committee had suggested that army be kept young and energetic always so that it is in operations required in tough and geographically unfriendly terrains. “Today not only our officers are getting promotions in young age but they also have fine intelligence network, defence information system and network of national technical research organisation to help them in the cause,”said Rautela, who lives in Haldwani after retirement.
“Today we have good quality of arms, ammunition for infantry battalions and Rafael and Dhanush the highly q modern aircrafts for air force. “Said the officer.
Out of a total 526 martyred of Kargil, Uttarakhand alone saw 75 martyrs who sacrificed their lives to defeat the enemy. Garhwal riffle has sacrificed it’s 47 Jawans, while Kumaon regiment sacrificed its 16 jawans for the country.
“Today we have a multi-layer security layout present near the LOC and our army had formed counter infiltration grid after identifying all infiltration routes of terrorists. “We have also increased our army deputation at LOC, three times compared before Kargil.”said the officer.
“We are not vacating our border Security posts in winter months now, have constructed many helipads to continue army supplies round the year and also have formed 14th corps to keep an eye on the border with Pakistan and China at Ladakh region. “said the retired army officer.

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