The RM apprised the legislature about the report submitted by National Security Advisory Board (NSAB) Chairman Shyam Saran, who visited Ladakh from August 2 to 9, 2013. The NSAB Chief had submitted a report on infrastructure in Ladakh, a copy of which, among others, was sent by the Prime Minister’s Office to the Ministry of Defence, on 2nd September 2013. The report primarily focusing on the border infrastructure, also deals with several aspects relating to the region covering a broad spectrum of activities and requirements.
Broadly speaking the report reviews the progress in development of border infrastructure required to ensure connectivity between Ladakh and neighbouring areas. In this context, issues such as availability of modern machinery for construction and maintenance of roads, up gradation of roads, tunneling and alternate alignments, among others, have also been discussed. The report also deals with the requirement of air facilities in the region, as also issues relating to land acquisition, environmental and wildlife clearances. Other matters such as employment opportunities for local youth, tourism, mobile and internet connectivity, law and order, better equipment and facilities for ITBP, certain grievances of local people, among others, have further been covered in the report.
Mr. Antony further stated: “I would like to state categorically that Shri Shyam Saran has not stated in this report that China has occupied, or has denied access to India to any part of Indian territory. I would like to assure the House that there is no question of India ceding to China any part of Indian territory. Government keeps a constant watch on all developments having a bearing on India’s security and takes all necessary measures to safeguard it. I would further like to assure the House that Government would continue to strengthen our capabilities in border areas to protect our national interest.”