A high-level security review meet headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh reviewed the status of infrastructure development on the borders with China and Pakistan Friday, weeks after India signed a new border agreement with China to reduce tensions along the disputed boundary.
The meeting of the National Security Council (NSC) was attended by both Defence and Home ministers as well as NSA Shivshankar Menon. Among other deliberations on border infrastructure that has been taken up as a priority issue, it is also believed that measures to increase surveillance and patrolling of the maritime boundary also came up for discussion.
Top officials from the two ministries were also present at the meeting that focused on border management. In recent months, there have been a spate of incidents on both the border with China and Pakistan that have flared up tensions.
While a Chinese patrol party had set up camp at Ladakh’s Depsang plain area earlier, sparking off a three-week stand-off, there have been several incidents on the Pakistan border, including at least two cross-border raids that have killed seven soldiers. Also, the Line of Control as well as the International Border with Pakistan have seen an unprecedented quantity of exchange of firing since the ceasefire arrangement was brought into effect in 2003.