Ladakh: President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday arrived at Leh in his first visit outside Delhi after assuming office on July 25. He presented the President’s Colours Award – the highest honour given to a unit for its service to the nation – to the Ladakh Scouts Regimental Centre and to all battalions of the regiment.
“Being the supreme commander of the armed forces, this visit is dedicated to the soldiers,” Kovind said. “Stationed in one of the most extreme climatic conditions, your bravery is bigger than your numbers.”
A ceremonial parade was held for the president. It was also attended by several military dignitaries, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehboob Mufti and Governor NN Vohra. Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat, Lieutenant General PS Pannu and the general officer commanding the 14 Corps regiment were also present at the event.
Kovind’s visit comes days after it was reported that Chinese and Indian troops got into a scuffle near Ladakh’s Pangong Lake on August 15. The altercation came at a time when New Delhi and Beijing are in a diplomatic standoff over the Doklam area of the Sikkim sector.