The Indian Army is planning to deploy an additional 10,000 personnel by the end of this year along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China in northeast India.
The Hindustan Times newspaper has quoted sources as saying that the deployment of troops is being reduced in a planned manner in the northeastern states, but now in the eastern sector, additional troops will be deployed to deal with the Chinese threat.
The newspaper writes that these jawans will be a part of the reserve division, which will be present to assist the jawans stationed there in the event of any uncertain event on the LAC.
In the North East states, 3,000 personnel engaged in duties like counter insurgency and internal security have been removed and by the end of this year 7,000 soldiers will be removed.
Experts believe that it will help the army to concentrate on the border and in conventional operations.
Several parliamentary panels have recommended in their report that the Army should now be removed from its duties like Counter Insurgency and Counter Terrorism and put on its main task which is to protect the country from outside attack.
Former Northern Army Commander Lt Gen DS Hooda (retd) said that reducing the number of troops from counter-insurgency or counter-insurgency operations would be a good move.
He said, ‘The security situation in the northeastern states is now fully under control and can now be handled either by the police or the Central Armed Police Forces. This will help the Eastern Commands to focus on their main objective. ‘
He further said that both Pakistan on the Line of Control and China on the Line of Actual Control are in danger. Reducing the number of army personnel in internal security will help in border management
Many parliamentary committees have also suggested that the number of troops be reduced in counter-insurgency or counter-insurgency operations as a result of this, the army is unable to focus on its biggest task, ie protecting the country from external aggression.
On 12 January, Army Chief also said that the Army was in the process of reducing its numbers in Northeast India so that it could focus on tackling external threats.