New Delhi: An hour-long special programme to celebrate the Army Day on 15 January and to honour the heroism of the Indian soldiers posted at the Siachen glacier will be premiered on television on 26 January.
Indian Army in action. AFPIndian Army in action. AFP
The show titled “Revealed: Siachen” will be aired on Discovery Channel.
“‘Revealed: Siachen’ is dedicated to every Indian soldier for their valour and sacrifice for the motherland. The programme will offer viewers first-hand testimonies from the soldiers who have been at the battlefront,” Rahul Johri, executive vice president and general manager – South Asia, Discovery Networks Asia Pacific, said in a statement.
The show will take viewers through the extreme frontline and the highest battleground in the world and what it takes to keep the Siachen glacier secure and peaceful.
The show will present chronicles of the soldiers and their challenges to manage the battlefield where temperatures often reach 60 degrees Celsius below the freezing point.
“Siachen glacier will always be one of the most compelling experiences for me and to my mind for all the Indian soldiers who have served tours of duty there,” said Col. Narendra Kumar, first surveyor of Siachen for the Indian Army.
National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval is grappling with a face-off between the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the Army.
The Army has objected to the government’s plan to build a raised embankment along the 179-km stretch of the international border (IB) in Jammu district, a senior Home Ministry official told The Hindu.
The plan for the embankment (better known as ditch-cum-bund) was cleared in 2013 by the then UPA government after the twin terror attacks in the Hiranagar/Samba sector the same year. Around 20 per cent land has been acquired for the project, being implemented by the MHA. The raised embankment will be constructed under the supervision of the Border Security Force (BSF).
At a recent meeting between Army Chief General Dalbir Singh and Mr. Doval, the government has been asked to rethink the entire project.
“The Army believes that in case of an emergency, this embankment will affect their operations and restrict their forward movement. The Army already mans another embankment, a few kilometres behind the IB,” said a senior MHA official.
Another official said the BSF has also been asked to submit a detailed report on why the project should go ahead.
A final decision will be taken by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and the proposal is pending with the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS).
The proposed embankment will be 41 metres wide and 10 metres high and will accommodate bunkers and border outposts. The project would cover 118 villages in the three districts of Kathua, Samba and Jammu, which are located along the international border.
On MHA’s request, the Jammu and Kashmir government initiated the land acquisition process in Jammu district.
The Jammu sector has witnessed 589 ceasefire violations from Pakistan’s side since May 2014, when the NDA government came to power, till August 20 this year. The same period saw 95 infiltration attempts from the Jammu border.
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