NEW DELHI: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday expressed the hope that the ongoing Doklam standoff between India and China which has entered in its third month will be resolved soon.
Asserting that India’s security forces were capable of safeguarding the country’s borders, Mr. Singh said that India has neither expansionist designs nor attacked any country.”We donÂt want confrontation; we want peace,” he said.
Addressing a grand Pipping Ceremony of the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) here, the Home Minister said that India wanted friendly relations with all its neigbhours. He said it was with this intention, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had invited leaders of all neighbouring countries for the swearing in ceremony of his government in May 2014. Quoting former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, he said that “we can change friends, but not our neighbours.”
Pointing out that there has been a long delay in granting promotions in the ITBP which was pending since 2011, Mr. Singh said the disciplined ITBP personnel have borne the delay with perseverance. He assured the personnel that the Home Ministry would improve their career prospects, besides resolving housing and welfare issues of the Central Armed Para Military forces.
Speaking on the occasion, Mmister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said todayÂs ceremony will serve as a morale booster to the ITBP personnel. He said the gap between policy makers and those implementing it on the ground has been bridged in the Home Ministry.
Addressing the gathering, DG, ITBP, Shri RK Pachnanda said the mass promotions today to 1,654 ITBP personnel, pending for more than six years, have been enabled by the persistent efforts of the MHA.