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07 April, 2020, 12:16 PM IST



Army Day: All you need to know about this special Indian Army Day

​Army Day is celebrated on January 15 every year in India as it is on this historic day that General KM Cariappa became the first Indian to take charge of the Indian Army in 1949. The Army Day parade is typically held at Parade Ground, ​​Delhi Cantonment, where this year General Manoj Mukund Naravane, Chief of Army Staff, will inspect the parade.

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  • The armed forces have a "zero tolerance against terrorism", Army chief Gen M M Naravane said in his address at the 72nd Army Day function in the Cariappa Parade Ground here. "We have many options to counter those who promote terrorism and we will not hesitate to use them," he said.

    "As far as the security situation in the insurgency- affected states is concerned, it is rather stable and all parameters concerning violence have come down drastically," Lt General Chauhan told reporters here after a wreath-laying ceremony on Army Day at Fort William, the Eastern Command headquarter.

    "To meet the current challenges in the northern borders, we are organising ourselves in the form of integrated battle groups," Lt Gen Chauhan, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Command said. "What we are looking at is the organisation of formations which are more deployable, more employable and more capable to perform the tasks," he said.

    Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane said that there is no politicisation of the defence forces, which have been apolitical. On Monday, the CDS, General Bipin Rawat, had said that the armed forces stayed away from politics and worked on the directives of the government. Naravane also said that there is scope of decreasing ceremonial activities.

    Extension of leave for soldiers and placing those who recently returned on quarantine have created a shortage of manpower that is affecting the turnover of troops for daily, security and administrative duties. While this is also affecting the training routines of troops, reduction in attendance at the headquarters is set to slow down other work as well, said officials.

    The hospital is fully equipped to deal with patients infected with the disease and many wards have been converted into corona-specific intensive care units, commandant of the hospital Maj General S C Gupta told reporters here. “We have always emerged victorious in the wars against our enemies. This time our fight is against COVID-19 and the command hospital is fully prepared to register its victory over the disease as well,” he said.

    The first positive coronavirus case of the army was a 34-year-old soldier in Leh. The Colonel and the Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) tested positive for the virus on Sunday, officials on the condition of anonymity said. The other two defence forces-- air force and navy-- don’t have any positive cases.

    However, since the statement has not come from the central leadership of CPI (Maoist), official sources said the Maoists are perhaps testing the waters on whether the governments accept the offer. The statement on the “impact of the vexing coronavirus globally” said: “In this critical time, our party, PLGA and our various other peoples’ units have decided not to raid the police.”

    The soldier is a resident of Chuchot village in Leh. His father had tested positive for coronavirus on March 6 and was isolated at the Sonam Nurboo Memorial (SNM) hospital in Leh, following his return from a pilgrimage in Iran on February 27. That man was quarantined at the Ladakh Heart Foundation two days later.

    “At the headquarters level, the army called off the day for office goers. The global lock-down has affected and significantly reduced the office work be it international cooperation, training events, postings, courses, etc. The critical appointments, which include almost 40 percent of the office goers, continue to work from home, " the army said.

    Out of the 17 people, nine have tested positive for the virus at the Army Wellness Centre in Jaisalmer. Out of these nine people, three tested positive on Tuesday, while six more had tested positive on Monday. These nine people are among the 484 Indians evacuated from Iran and brought to the Wellness Centre earlier this month.

    Defence ministry sources say all the different types of ammunition for the Army will be built up to “10(I) levels”, which mean adequate stocks to undertake 10 days of “intensive” full-spectrum fighting, by 2022-2023, as per the latest assessment.

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