Army has also allowed the soldiers to use weapons in exceptional circumstances on the Line of Actual Control (LAC), while changing the rules.
New Delhi| Following the violent clash with the Chinese soldiers in the Galwan Valley, the government has taken several steps to encourage the army. The army has been given powers to purchase weapons up to Rs. 500 crore. Apart from this, the Army has also allowed the soldiers to use weapons in exceptional circumstances on the Line of Actual Control (LAC), while changing the rules.
News agency ANI quoted sources as saying that with the change in the rules, field commanders have been empowered to allow their soldiers to use weapons under special circumstances.
After 20 Indian soldiers martyred in the violent face-off with Chinese army, questions were raised on why they were sent unarmed. However, External Affairs minister S Jaishankar clarified that Indian soldiers did not use weapons because the agreement reached in 1996 and 2005 did not allow China and India to do so.
There was also agreement in both countries that their armies would not use explosives and weapons within 2 km radius of LAC.
The Defense Minister held a meeting with the CDS and chiefs of the three services
The Centre has now given complete exemption to Armed Forces. The news agency quoted sources as saying that the forces have been asked to take a strong stand to prevent any infiltration by China into Indian territorial land, sky and sea.
On Sunday, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) Bipin Rawat, including Chief of Army Staff General MM Narwane, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria and Navy Chief Karambir Singh. In this, he instructed the forces to strictly deal with China on the Line of Actual Control (LAC).