"I would like to categorically state that Saran has not stated in his report that China has occupied any part of Indian territory. I would like to assure the House that there is no question of India ceding to China any part of Indian territory," Antony said. Nothing to hide on Chinese incursion: Govt (JPN/Agencies)
According to media reports, People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops had stopped their Indian counterparts to patrol the Indian perception of the LAC. A team headed by National Security Advisory Board (NSAB) Chief Shyam Saran had visited Ladakh between August 2 to 9 to review the situation.
“The government has taken all necessary measures to safeguard India's security and would continue to strengthen our capabilities in border areas to protect our national interest,” he said.
The report by Saran focuses on border infrastructure and also deals with several aspects relating to the region covering a broad spectrum of activities and requirements. He said that Saran's report deals with requirement of air facilities in Ladakh along with matters relating to land acquisition and environmental and wildlife clearances.
"The report reviews the progress in development of border infrastructure required to ensure connectivity between Ladakh and neighbouring areas. In this context, issues such as availability of modern machinery for construction and maintenance and upgradation of roads, tunneling and alternate alignments," Antony said.
"Matters such as employment opportunities to local youth, tourism, mobile and internet connectivity, law and order, better equipment and facilities for ITBP, certain grievances of local people, among others have been covered in the report," he said.
BJP, SP term Antony’s statement ‘incorrect’
Immediately after Antony read out the statement, SP members trooped into the Well and BJP members were on their feet in protest, terming the contents as ‘incorrect’. Speaker Meira Kumar told the agitated members that a discussion could be held if they gave proper notice. "I have to follow the rules and the rules say there will be no discussion," Kumar said.
The government on Friday said that it has nothing to conceal on the issue of Chinese incursion even as BJP accused it of ‘weak response.’ "The government has nothing to hide, nothing to conceal. This is a matter of national interest, national importance. Everything will be made clear. As and when it is required we will discuss it," Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath said.
BJP leader Prakash Javadekar attacked the government saying that it may maintain that nothing has happened but reports emanating from the border and the account by eyewitnesses say that ‘Indian Army is being prohibited from patrolling in areas inside the Line of Control on the Indian side.’
"The situation on China border and reports from China border are very disturbing. We and the whole country are concerned about what is happening on the border. We can definitely resolve the issue. But there has to be a political will and a preparedness by the government. But, there is a complete lack of will. I fail to understand why the government is adopting such a weak response towards China," Javadekar said.
"I would like to categorically state that Saran has not stated in his report that China has occupied any part of Indian territory. I would like to assure the House that there is no question of India ceding to China any part of Indian territory," Antony said.
Nothing to hide on Chinese incursion: Govt