Essential Supplies: No much effect of rail blockade, Army says it has stocked up for winters

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    Essential Materials: No much effect of rail blockade, Army states it has stocked up for winters

    Written by Man Aman Singh Chhina
    , Anju Agnihotri Chaba
    | Chandigarh, Jalandhar |

    Upgraded: November 16, 2020 9: 09: 24 am





    PLA soldier strays across LAC, Army says will return him At a checkpoint along a highway leading to Ladakh. Reuters file

    The continuous farmers’ agitation and the ongoing suspension of train services to Punjab has actually not had any adverse effect on the Army’s workout of equipping up the vital items ahead of winter season at its stations in Ladakh and Jammu & Kashmir.

    Military sources stated winter equipping of products for workers of the Army and Central Armed Police Forces released in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh was completed by the end of October. Any further replenishment will be flown in as soon as the passes close in J&K and Himachal Pradesh, the sources stated.

    The suspension of train services following the farmer protests, which got momentum after new farm laws were enacted by the Centre, had prompted Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to warn that it would not only strike the state’s farmers and market and people of neighbouring states, but likewise the supply of necessary to soldiers bracing for the winter season in Ladakh and the Valley.

    A senior Army officer said adequate reserves remain in place. Additionally, motion of special military trains for exercises and field firing, the officer stated, has actually not been taking place due to Covid restrictions.

    Major General Yash Mor (retd), who raised the Ladakh Sub Area a number of years earlier and was up until recently Chief of Staff of 12 Corps, said: “All winter equipping for Ladakh is over.

    There is enough brief dumping of vital shops, food products and clothes etc which is then moved up as per requirement. It is an extremely finely tuned cycle, and in any case the majority of the movement of products occurs via roadway. Any replenishment which requires to be provided for forward areas happens by air once the roadways are obstructed due to snowfall after late October.”

    However there are challenges.

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    A senior official in the Northern Railways conceded that some items trains suggested for Army materials were postponed in the last 50 days. Train officials connected with Army officers who told them that though they have currently done advance discarding of ration, clothing, arms and ammo and equipment, there are some daily requirements.

    ” After the Rail Roko was started by farmers in Punjab, at least 15-20 trains with Army products were impacted. These were not Army special trains, however basic freight trains bring materials for the Army,” a Northern Railways authorities stated.

    Another Railway authorities stated that ever since the blockade, no special train demand for J&K was positioned by the Army. Routine questions relating to resumption of goods trains have been coming from the Army, the official said, adding “if there is an emergency, unique trains can be run for the militaries”.

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