GOC- in- C, Eastern Command Lieutenant General Rana Pratap Kalita on Wednesday said within a couple of years, India will be able to match China in terms of infrastructure development along the borders between the two countries.
General said the situation in Arunachal Pradesh along the Indo-China border is stable but unpredictable. He added that anything could happen, but the troops are prepared for any eventuality.
He said India is developing its infrastructure to combat the issues along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and inducting troops wherever required, but China is ahead in some areas.He said the Chinese have an advantage in some areas because they started infrastructure development in these places early.
“In the last five to 10 years, a lot of focus has been on infrastructure development and I am sure in another couple of years, we will be able to match the capability of the PLA (People’s Liberation Army of China),” General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Army Command, Lt General R P Kalita said in a media interaction at Fort William here.
Asserting that there is still a lot of work to do, Lieutenant General Kalita, who is set to retire on December 31, said given the rate at which India is carrying out infrastructure development, it can be achieved by that time frame.
As of now, the PLA has a certain amount of advantage over India as far as infrastructure in certain specific areas are concerned, he added. “Otherwise, we have been able to match,” he said.
The PLA (People’s Liberation Army), in comparison with our infrastructure development, is ahead in some areas as they started early, whereas we started late. However, in the last few years, we have accelerated, and we are matching them in most areas, but certainly, in some areas, they are ahead of us,” said the army commander.
He also spoke on the ethnic violence in Manipur and said, “Even in the absence of AFSPA in the valley area in Manipur, there are some guidelines. We have not faced any problems related to AFSPA. Two things have complicated the Manipur problem.”
“The Kuki militant groups were in a ceasefire, and the relevance of Meitei groups also diminished in the last two years. However, as the conflict started, it triggered community-based tensions. Certain groups of militants are seeking entry into society, and the crisis in Myanmar has further complicated the situation. This has caused some concern,” the Army commander added.
The last two years have been very challenging as far as Eastern Command is concerned, such as Manipur, post May 3 and glacial lake outburst in October in Sikkim this year. Despite these challenges, we have resolutely performed well in our tasks of guarding the national border and maintaining peace in the hinterlands,” says Lt Gen RP Kalita, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Indian Army’s Eastern Command.
(With inputs from Agency)