Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat makes an appeal to 12 lakh Army personnel

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Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat makes an appeal to 12 lakh Army personnel

NEW DELHI - Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat has appealed to the 12-lakh Army personnel to work with added zeal in dealing with security challenges facing the country."We need to continue to work with added zeal while upholding our core values of integrity, loyalty, duty, respect selfless service, courage and honour to fulfil our constitutional obligations and assigned roles," he said.

India is facing complex and dynamic security challenges along its borders, which are a threat to the country's territorial integrity and internal stability, Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat has said. In a new year message to Army personnel, he hailed the collective grit, determination and sacrifices of the troops in standing up to the challenges along the borders as well as in combating threats of terrorism.

"We are facing complex and dynamic security challenges along our borders which threaten territorial integrity and internal stability of the nation," Gen. Rawat said.He, however, did not mention about the situation along India's nearly 4,000- km frontier with China or along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.

"Our steadfast resolve to ensure territorial integrity has been evident from the collective grit, determination and sacrifice of our troops who have stood their ground under the most challenging, inhospitable and most hostile circumstances," Gen. Rawat said.

The Indian Army has been firmly dealing with infiltration bids and incidents of unprovoked firing by Pakistani Army along the Line of Control (LoC) in J and K.The Army has also improved its vigilance in several key sectors along the border with China following last year's Doklam episode.

"All ranks have displayed highest degree of sincerity and commitment while guarding our frontiers, combating terrorism and insurgency," the Army Chief said.