Forces should prepare to dominate new areas of conflict: VP

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu addresses the Sainik Sammelan at 191 BN Border Security Force, in Jaisalmer on September 27, 2021. (PIB)

Jaisalmer: The security forces should prepare themselves to dominate not only in a conventional war but also establish their superiority in the new and emerging areas of conflict such as information and cyber warfare along with the increasing use of robotics and drones in the battlefield, said Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on September 27, 2021.

He said this during an interaction with the officers and troops of 12 RAPID Division of the Indian Army here.

He said the geo-strategic environment around us was turning unpredictable.

“We are facing both symmetric and asymmetric threats from outside and within,” he observed.

The Vice President, who is on a five-day tour to Rajasthan, visited ‘Jaisalmer War Museum’. He was received by Major General Ajeet Singh Gahlot, General Officer Commanding 12 RAPID.

The Vice President praised the Indian Army’s Battle Axe Division (12 RAPID) for defending the nation and also guarding the borders in the scorching Thar Desert and in harsh climatic conditions.

On the occasion of ‘Swarnim Vijay Varsh’ of India’s victory in the 1971 Indo-Pak war, the Vice President paid rich tributes to all our valorous soldiers and wished a happy and successful tenure for all ranks of 12 RAPID Division posted in the Jaisalmer area.

As part of his ongoing visit to the border city of Jaisalmer, the Vice President today also held a Sainik Sammelan at 191 BN HQ today and interacted with the Border Security Force personnel posted in the area. He praised BSF troops for guarding the nation’s frontiers amid difficult climatic conditions.

The Vice President was received by Pankaj Goomer, IG BSF, Rajasthan and Arun Kumar Singh, DIG, 191 BN, Jaisalmer who briefed him on the role and duties of BSF in the area.

Noting that BSF has always been prompt in aiding the civil administration in cases of disasters, VP Naidu specifically lauded its personnel for joining the fight against COVID-19 pandemic by helping the local administration.

He also praised the BSF for undertaking social activities like protection of the environment, water conservation, Swachhta, and anti-drug drive on the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

After his two-day stay in Jaisalmer and interaction with army and BSF troops, the Vice President arrived in Jodhpur today. There he visited the historic Mehrangarh Fort on the occasion of World Tourism Day. (Press Release)

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