Army have been given complete freedom to respond to any aggressive behavior of China

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The armed forces deployed along the 3500 km long Line of Actual Control(LAC) with China have been given complete freedom to respond to any aggressive behavior of China.

After a high-level meeting with Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on the situation in Ladakh with top military officials, officials said that the three army members have been given financial powers to sanction up to five hundred crore rupees per project for the accidental purchase of arms and ammunition.

According to a senior official, if the dispute escalates with China, the army may need weapons accidentally. For immediate procurement, the Deputy Chiefs of the three Services have been given the financial right to purchase up to five hundred crore rupees per project.

The meeting with the Defense Minister was attended by Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat, Army Chief General MM Narwane, Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh and Air Chief Marshal Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria.

In this meeting, the Defense Minister instructed the top military officials to keep a close watch on China's movements in the border, airspace and strategic sea lanes.

It was also decided that from now onwards Indian soldiers would not be compelled to follow the long standing practice of not using firearms in the event of a collision. According to officials, the armed forces have been asked to be fully prepared to respond to any daring of Chinese troops and 'strict' steps are being taken to protect the border.

The armed forces have been given complete freedom to deal strictly with any type of aggressive attitude of the Chinese military on the Line of Actual Control between the two countries. During the confrontation, the forces of India and China conform to the provisions of two agreements on border management.

It was mutually agreed not to use firearms again. These agreements were signed in 1996 and 2005. According to a top official, 'From now on, our approach will be different. Ground commanders have been given complete freedom to take decisions according to the situation.

The Indian Air Force has deployed Sukhoi 30 MKI, Jaguar, Mirage 2000 aircraft and Apache combat helicopters at key air force bases including Leh and Srinagar in the last five days. Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria had said on Saturday that the Indian Air Force is fully prepared to meet any security challenge along the border with China and is positioned at an appropriate location.

The deadlock between Indian and Chinese forces has continued in the strong and many other areas of eastern Ladakh since May 5. On May 5, there was a clash between the two sides on the banks of Pangong Tso. The situation worsened after a clash between Chinese and Indian troops on May 5 and 6 in eastern Ladakh.