Defence Minister to Celebrate Diwali With Army Jawans at China Border in Arunachal Pradesh

Defence Minister to Celebrate Diwali With Army Jawans at China Border in Arunachal Pradesh

Courtesy : Nationalist Bureau07/11/2018 09:27

New Delhi, November 4: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will be celebrating Diwali this year with the Indian Army jawans posted at the China border in Arunachal Pradesh. As per the statement issued by the Ministry of Defence on Saturday, she would be staying with the jawans posted in the Upper Dibang Valley district of Arunachal on November 6-7, 2018.

The battalion of jawans with whom she would be celebrating the festival of lights are located at a remote village in Dibang Valley -- with the nearest motorable road being 40-km away, reports said. 

 The Army post selected for her visit falls under the coveted 3 Corps area. Former members of the command include Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat and incumbent Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) Lt Gen Anil Chauhan.

Sitharaman, the first full-time woman Defence Minister, took charge last year after Manohar Parrikar had to vacate the post. On her first Diwali, she decided to celebrate the festival with the jawans stationed at the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had made an impromptu visit to North Kashmir's Gurez sector.

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