外文标题：Army kicks off raising new mountain strike corps against China
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday was briefed on the operational readiness along the line of actual control (LAC) with China, in the backdrop of the Army kicking off the raising of a new mountain strike corps to get "some offensive punch" against the much larger People's Liberation Army.
The classified briefing held in the military operations directorate, with defence minister AK Antony, Army chief General Bikram Singh and others in attendance, came exactly a week after the new XVII Mountain Strike Corps was raised at its temporary headquarters at Ranchi.
The new corps, to be headed by Lt General Raymond Joseph Noronha on promotion, will be raised over the next seven years with around 90,000 soldiers. The corps, to be eventually headquartered at Panagarh in West Bengal, will cost Rs 64,700 crore, out of which around Rs 39,000 crore has being earmarked for capital expenditure, said sources.
While the Cabinet committee on security approved the new corps last July, the Army also wants the long-pending infrastructure and "capability development plan" along the "northern borders" with China to be speeded up. The price tag for this, in turn, is pegged at Rs 26,155 crore.
Dorgee K (Tibet)
100000k Vietnamise fight with 400000k chinise in 1979. 60000k chinise wipe out. Vietnam defeated china 1979. Han communists didn't know how to fight. 1962 is only one side war. India didn't expected chinise attack.
Armed forces have to be fully equipped to face any external threat . It ia a welcome move.
Shanti Swaroop Chawla (Unknown)
Cannot the Govt / Ministry of Defense do this work quietly and not make a noise. moreover when the time frame is in years ?
George Fernandes told long ago that China is our first enemy he was ridiculed then now his prophetic words are coming true
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vicki (Wellington NZ) replies to chandra2254
Same Fernandes had supported, along with the commies, China in 1962 invasion by it on us!
It is not always the size of the aggressor that determines who would win a battle but it is the resolve of the parties that take part in such!....bullies don't always win and need to be stood up to!
Shkhr P (Bhatapara) replies to VIKASH
Wrong logic, only wishful thinking. 99 out of 100 times - Might is right. Historically most of the times the bully wins.
ConcernedCitizen (Location) replies to Shkhr P
I might not say the Bully always wins, but the Bully rarely loses. In today's time a pre-emptive strike is better.
I hope it is not an election ploy.
The Chinese know that with an Italian in charge in India, they can get away with anything. Off course they would never let an Italian or any foreigner near any seat of power
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VENU Chennai (Chennai)
It is good move and should become operational at the earliest. This will act as a deterrent to border skirmishes. As we attempt to protect the borders, talks should be pursued to resolve the border issues.
Very well. Add some more tanks and machine guns,and may be few missiles as well
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Indian forces should strengthen itself so much that no power in the world have the courage to face it. Indian forces should bring in latest technology and highly train soldiers and officers. No room of weakness should be left in this matter.
Prasanth Kumar ()
For 3 Chinese soldiers 1 Indian jawan is more than enough to squeeze them to death. Jai Hind.
outnumbering Indians and with better weapons and aircrafts...Indian leaders are dumb who worked on not developing infrastructures near border...while chinese govt did the opposite...now they have 3 aircraft bases and india has 1
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Prasant Swain (Location)
This is really a good News .. Jai Hind
Toga (Cow Slaughterhouse)
mountain "strike" corps that does not "strike" is just a whole bunch of guys wasting tax money.
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Good, but too little, too slow taking 7 yrs for this strike corps become operational.
Brown American (USA)
What if China takes action prior to $10.5 Billion Mountain Core? How would India defend, Ladakh, AP and Assam? Could somebody ask PM the question? He has been sleeping at the helm and made India more vulnerable
Toga (Cow Slaughterhouse) replies to Brown American
then just raise your hand and surrender.
Venkat Loganathan (Chennai)
Too late. No proper Advance Planning.
Sunil Sinha ()
Good move. China tomorrow might claim part of Northern India as Western Tibet.
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