We have to do our job: Army chief

Indian Army soldier martyred in Pakistan firing on Line of Control

Indian Army soldier martyred in Pakistan firing on Line of Control

Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Friday blamed the Government school education in Jammu & Kashmir for imparting disinformation among children. We are looking at diplomatic, military and partnering with countries in the region.

He said both India and China were very keen on having a hotline between the Indian Army's Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) and the Chinese officer holding similar position.

While speaking to reporters ahead of the Army Day, the army chief said, "The damage which is being done to us is through the social media". One important aspect of it is our neighbourhood.

On increased number of ceasefire violations and casualties, he said India was ready to retaliate against any threat and will continue the approach till it sees a decrease in violations. "Let's not expect United States to do what we are expected to do", he added. "With China, we have an agreement not to change status quo".

He said China had been constructing roads for many years in North Doklam, which is caught in a dispute between Bhutan and China.

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Acknowledging the suspension of military aid to Pakistan by the US, Gen Rawat averred it was premature to talk how much of an impact it would have on Pakistan.

Admitting that China was mounting pressure on the border, Gen. Rawat said India was prepared to deal with any situation and troops had been earmarked.

The Minister for Education Altaf Bukhari Saturday said the Army should not meddle with the education sector of the State but rather concentrate on their own job. Rawat suggested that some stone throwers in Kashmir were youth from government schools, and stressed on the need to reform the education system. So, the basic, grassroots problem lies here is the way the education in Jammu and Kashmir in government school has been corrupted, " said Rawat.

With the government imposing a cap of Rs. 10,000 a year on tuition fees for children of the disabled soldiers and those killed in line of duty, the Army made a decision to set up schools, he said.

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