SHIMLA-25th September, 2023-On his first visit to the border areas adjoining Kinnaur district today, Governor Shiv Pratap Shukla interacted with the Jawans at army base camp Sumdoh and also met the Indo-Tibet Border Police (ITBP) jawans at Lepcha, a forward post of Indo-Tibetan Border Police at an altitude of 13000 feet. Lady Governor, Janaki Shukla also accompanied him.

Appreciating the valour of Indian forces guarding the Nation in adverse topographical conditions, the Governor said that serving in a harsh climate, in sub-zero temperature was not an easy task and said that the Indian forces were keeping a hawk's eye on every activity of other side of the border. It is not easy to conduct recce on such difficult terrain and I salute the brave hearts for their valor and enthusiasm who were serving here far from their homes. He said that the enthusiasm, passion and dedication of the soldiers for the country was remarkable. Our army is among the best in the world protecting the Nation from any foreign aggression so that the people of the country should stay protected, he remarked.

He was accorded a warm welcome on reaching Sumdoh helipad by Brigade Commander, Brigadier R.P. Singh and officers of Lahaul-Spiti and Kinnaur district administration. Governor Shiv Pratap Shukla and Lady Governor Janaki Shukla planted deodar saplings in Sumdoh military camp.

ITBP Commandant Shripal briefed the Governor about the frontier post and the day-to-day activities being undertaken.

The Governor also visited various villages under the Vibrant Village Scheme.

Later, the people of the border villages also met the Governor and informed him about their demands. The Governor said that infrastructure was being developed rapidly in this area and drinking water schemes and other facilities were also being ensured.

Secretary to the Governor Rajesh Sharma, Deputy Commissioner, Lahaul-Spiti Rahul Kumar and Superintendent of Police, Mayank Chaudhary Deputy Commissioner Kinnaur, Torul S Ravish, Superintendent of Police Vivek Chahal and other dignitaries were also present on the occasion.