- India has deployed more troops along the entire 1,400 km of the border with China in Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh in the face of sensitive speechmaking by Beijing over the Doklam standoff.
Rising Caution level
- The “caution level” among the troops has been raised.
- The officials declined to give any figure or percentage of increased deployment, saying they cannot disclose “operational details”.
- The Sukna-based 33 Corps and 3 and 4 corps based in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam have been tasked to protect border in the east.
- The officials, however, said there was no enhancement of troops at Doklam.
- Defence Minister Arun Jaitley assured the Lok Sabha that the armed forces were prepared for any eventuality amid a tense standoff between India and China in Doklam.
- Jaitely confirmed that the armed forces had adequate equipment to tackle any emergency.
- On a CAG report that the forces had ammunition only for 22 days in case of a war, he said “significant progress” had been made on this issue.