Rajnath Singh praises soldiers at Siachen, promises to thank their parents

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh n Siachen with troops.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh was full of praise for Army personnel posted  at the world’s highest battlefield, Siachen Glacier. Singh on Monday flew to Siachen Glacier which was his first visit as Defence Minister after assuming office. He was excited about meeting.

In a tweet, Singh lauded the role of Army personnel in protecting the motherland in the glacier. “I am proud of all Army personnel serving in Siachen who are leaving no stone unturned to defend our motherland. I am also proud of their parents who have sent their children to serve the nation by joining the Armed forces. I will personally send a thank you note to them,” he tweeted.

He also said, “Paid tributes to the martyred soldiers who sacrificed their lives while serving in Siachen. More than 1100 soldiers have made supreme sacrifice defending the Siachen Glacier. The nation will always remain indebted to their service and sacrifice”. Singh was accompanied by senior Army officers who briefed him about routine operations, including air support provided by the Indian Air Force.

Importance of Siachen Glacier

Since 1984, the Army has been posted at Siachen Glacier when India carried out Operation Meghdoot to push back Pakistani forces and took the peak. The Siachen base camp is at an average altitude of 20,000 feet.Being one of the coldest battlefields in the world, soldiers have to battle frostbite and high winds, and avalanches. Landslides are common at the glacier during winter.