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Ramakanta Biswas

Bhubaneswar: Vice chief of Indian Army, Lt General Chandi Prasad Mohanty on Wednesday said India has threats from both Pakistan and China and stressed for modernisation and technological advancement of Indian armed forces to deal with it.

“In today’s time, China and Pakistan are major challenges for Indian Army. In order to win over them at once, we have to do ensure modernisation and technological advancement of the armed forces,” Mohanty said.

Attending a function at Sainik School in Bhubaneswar today, Mohanty said, “Battlefields are changing everywhere. So there is need for modernisation. We have to enhance capacity building, infrastructure development, better our weaponry system and also communication and intelligentsia.”

Mohanty, who became the first Odia officer to adorn the top post, said now-a-days the Indian armed forces like the Army, Navy and Air Force are not expanding in terms of quantity. Rather, emphasis is being given on infrastructure development and modernisation.

“China is modernising in a big way and they are also assisting Pakistan to modernise in a big way. Therefore, Indian Army is also carrying out a lot of modernisation and capability enhancement. What is most important is that we are getting tremendous amount of support from our Prime Minister and Defence Minister,” he said.

“After I take up my new role, this will be one of my prime responsibilities to carry forward this modernisation and capability development of Indian Army,” he added.

The Odia officer repeated his appeal to the youths of the State to join the Indian Army. “I would call upon one from each village in Odisha to join the armed forces. He/she would become a role model for others. That can only happen in case we encourage our children,” he stated.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)

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