Border row with China can be resolved through talks: Rajnath

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 30 Sep 2017 09:06:34



THE Sino-India border dispute can be resolved through a “structural dialogue” and a positive approach, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday.

Singh made the remarks while visiting a forward post in Uttarakhand where he met jawans of the Indo Tibetan Border Police. Undertaking the first-ever visit by a senior Minister to the China border after the recent resolution of the stand-off in the Dokalam area of the Sikkim sector, Singh said there has been a “perceptional difference” of the border between the two neighbours for long and that he was sure that this issue will be “resolved” with time.

“The border issue will be resolved once we have structural dialogue (with China). What we need is a positive approach (to the issue),” the Home Minister said at the ITBP post located at an altitude of 14,311 feet.

Singh said the Dokalam “deadlock” was resolved similarly and without any confrontation. The ‘Mana’ ITBP post is located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand as the last battalion centre of the paramilitary that serves forward border bases along the LAC.

Singh also made announcement that “light clothing” for winters and to combat frosty weather will be provided to the ITBP troops, who are mostly deployed above the height of 9,000 feet.

He assured the troops that issues such as better promotional avenues, exemption of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) canteens from the GST and enhancement of infrastructure and other facilities for them will be taken up on priority.

The Minister expressed concern that not many promotions have been effected in the force, as he asked ITBP Director General (DG) R K Pachnanda to undertake more steps in this regard.