Leh: Reduction in telephone call
rates, better socks and more snow mobiles. These were some of
the demands put forth by army jawans at Siachen glacier when
Defence Minister A K Antony met them there.
"The jawans wanted that some of the accessories such
as quality of socks should be improved. They also wanted
increased number of snow mobiles for their operational
requirements," Defence Ministry officials said here.
The jawans also requested the Defence Minister to
ensure that telephone call rates are reduced to facilitate
communication with their family members, they added.
After listening to the demands, Antony assured them
that early action will be taken on all the issues raised by
During the interaction at the Siachen Base Camp, the
Defence Minister spoke to a number of men and officers of the
Army and Air Force and sought their frank views on the
conditions they are working in.
The Defence Minister also met a group of soldiers who
had just returned after posting in the high altitude areas and
gifted them fresh vegetables and fruits from the Defence
Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR) here.
The Defence Minister also visited DIHAR, which is
currently working on a project of greening Ladakh with
sustainable plant cultivation.