Tezpur, May 1: Defence minister Manohar Parrikar arrived at Tezpur today on a two-day visit to Assam and Aruchal Pradesh. He was received at Tezpur Airforce Station by Chief of the Army Staff, Gen Dalbir Singh, GOC- in- C Eastern Command, Lt Gen MMS Rai and other senior dignitaries of the Army and the Air Force.
On arrival, the Defence Minister was escorted along with Minister of State for Home, Kiren Rijiju to Solmara Military Station where he interacted with troops over tea.
Parrikar appreciated the high standards of military discipline and preparedness of the troops and their excellent performance in the backdrop of difficult terrain and challenging environment in which they are operating, a defence release stated.
He exhorted the troops to continue with the same zeal and sense of pride and honour showing due respect to human rights.
Thereafter, Parrikar arrived at Gajraj Corps HQ and reviewed the overall security situation in the State. He was briefed by the Gajraj Corps Commander, Lt Gen Sarath Chand on the dymic counter insurgency grid and the synergy achieved with the civil administration, state police and other para military forces in bringing back normalcy in the State, by carrying out relentless operations against the perpetrators of terror.
The Defence Minister expressed satisfaction at the results achieved and complimented the high level of camaraderie and synergy existing among the army and the civil agencies in the State.
Tomorrow, the Defence Minister would be visiting the troops deployed in the forward areas and will interact with them to get first hand inputs of the ground situation.