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North East is as safe as any other region, says V. K. Singh. Army to expand in Kerala

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  1. Anish

    Anish Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    Chief of the Army Staff General V. K. Singh on Tuesday said the defence establishment’s “foot-print†in Kerala was bound to get bigger given the State’s “strategic vicinity†to the nation’s island territories and international sea-routes.

    Interacting with mediapersons on his maiden visit to the military station here, the General said already five major public sector units, all having a bearing on the country’s defence production, were in Kerala.

    The Army’s deployment and infrastructure build up in Kerala, including the positioning of its amphibious combat battalions, would depend on “our†immediate and future threat perceptions.

    Replying to a question on the controversy regarding his age, the General said it could have been immensely avoided. When asked who could have avoided the row, the General replied “by everybodyâ€.

    The North East was as safe as any other region in the country. Insurgent groups such as National Development Front of Bodoland and United Liberation Front of Asom have come to the negotiating table. In Nagaland, there has been a cessation of the hostilities between different groups and the State. Manipur no more has the profile of a violence prone State. Tripura was largely peaceful except for few isolated instances of sporadic violence.

    India’s main battle tank Arjun was already in service. The Army would continue to evaluate the current and future versions and prototypes of the battle tank, point out the rectifications to be made and decide whether they were “good or notâ€.

    On the issue of possible corruption in Defence procurement, the General said the Army’s thrust was on “transparency and probity†in all matters.


    “The Army has elaborate procedures to ensure that we don’t get saddled with equipment which are not good or substandard. If we find defects, the Army corrects it. I will also say that it requires a wide range of changes in the entire system. The Army is just a miniscule part of itâ€, he said.

    The General said he had Defence Minister A. K. Antony’s support on the proposed “one rank-one pension†scheme of the Indian Army. Its implementation would cost the public exchequer Rs 1,300 crore.

    The Army chief mixed easily with journalists, camera persons, fellow officers and their families. He asked reporters whether it was okay if he spoke informally with them during tea rather than taking the podium to answer their questions.

    Earlier, Chief Minister Oomen Chandy released the coffee table book, North East Trilogy. The General had arrived in the city on Monday.

    He visited the landmark Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple early on Tuesday. Lt. Gen. A. K. Singh, General Officer Commanding in Chief, Southern Command, was among those present.
     
  2. Anish

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    Re: North East is as safe as any other region, says V. K. Singh. Army to expand in Ke

    So is AFSPA going to be implemented in Kerala now?

    Only way to tackle the IUML terrorists.
     
  3. Manmohan Yadav

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    Re: North East is as safe as any other region, says V. K. Singh. Army to expand in Ke

    Kerala is still in much better condition than J&K
    thankfully its not next Pakistan :dude:
     
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    Re: North East is as safe as any other region, says V. K. Singh. Army to expand in Ke

    But Al-Qaeda and SIMI are working openly. Thats what the NIA said. Look at Kasargod its clear same strategy used in kashmir is being used in kerala.
     
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    Re: North East is as safe as any other region, says V. K. Singh. Army to expand in Ke

    Will you STFU.Were do you even come up with these BS.I really hope you're banned permanently this time.
     
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