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Indian Army has revised rules of engagement along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) amid the ongoing standoff with China.
The LAC is a demarcation line that separates India-administered and China-administered territories.
According to local news sources, the Indian administration empowered the armed forces deployed across the LAC to use firearms under extraordinary circumstances.
The decision was taken following a meeting between the Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and top military commanders. Sources told Zee News that Singh told the army to maintain strict vigil along the border to counter any Chinese aggression.
This comes days after Indian and Chinese forces clashed in the Galwan Valley, resulted in 20 Indian casualties while China did not disclose the number of casualties.
India and China have been engaged in a more than six-week standoff along several areas of the border. Multiple rounds of talks between the two armies failed to resolve the dispute.
Recently, the Indian Government has also granted emergency funds to the armed forces to bolster their capabilities.
Under the initiative, all the three services were empowered to utilise up to Rs5bn ($65.75m) per project for procuring ammunition and other weapon systems.
A senior government official was quoted by the news agency ANI as saying: “The Vice Chiefs of the three services have been given the financial powers up to Rs5bn per project to acquire the required weapon systems under fast track procedures needed to fill whatever shortcomings or requirement is felt.”