New Delhi, February 11: In a bid to fill up the security gaps and protect military base camps of Jammu and Kashmir, North East and several other places from terrorist attack, the Defence Ministry on Saturday sanctioned Rs 1,487 crore to the Army.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman after approving the massive amount of Rs 1,487 crore to protect military base camps has set a deadline of 10 months for the Army to carry it out. Also, the Army headquarters has been asked to monitor implementation of the project.
However, the sanction to the most important project comes after Pakistani armies along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir and several terrorist groups targeted military base camps. Perimeter security will be strengthened at Army bases under six commands.
A security audit of military bases was carried out on the recommendation of a committee headed by Lt Gen Philip Campose which was set up after the terror attack on the Pathankot air force base in the year 2016. The committee was asked to recommend measures to beef up security at the military bases.
After the audit, the committee immediately revised standard operating procedures (SOPs) which were sent to the commands of all three services including Army, Navy and Air Force to revamp their security management, including putting in place a multi-tier security structure. A total of 3,000 sensitive bases, including 600 highly sensitive installations of the Army, Navy and the Air Force were identified by the forces months after Pathankot air base attack.
Meanwhile, two army soldiers were martyred while nine others were injured including women and children after a group of terrorists attacked the family quarters in the Jammu’s Sunjuwan military camp on Saturday. The Indian Army so far eliminated three terrorists of JeM while the operation is still underway to flush out remaining terrorists.