Amidst the India-China standoff at LAC, a high-level Parliamentary Panel is scheduled to visit Leh to meet soldiers deployed at forward posts for a first-hand assessment of their working conditions.
The inspection will be on October 28 and 29 soon after the conclusion of election process for Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) Leh.
The delegation will be headed by Adhir Ranjan Choudhary, Leader of Congress Party in the Lok Sabha and will comprise Members of Parliament (MPs) from several political parties including national and regional which have presence in the Parliament.
Sources told India Today that the committee will hold informal discussions with Defence Ministry officials and the Northern Command of Army during its Leh visit.
Sources said that Lok Sabha Speaker, Om Birla has granted Panel the permission to visit Leh. The Panel will also discuss procurement and issue of high altitude clothing, equipment, ration and housing.
Leh district’s administration is presently busy with elections to the LAHDC Leh which will be held on October 22 while counting will take place on October 26. Visit of the Parliamentary delegation has been scheduled to October 28 and 29 keeping in view the dates of elections, the process for which will be over after the counting.
The Parliamentary delegation’s visit comes after a CAG report flagged acute shortage of high-altitude clothing and equipment, including snow goggles, for troops stationed in high-altitude areas in Ladakh.
The visit was finalised after Chowdhury wrote to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla last month suggesting that the PAC visit the Ladakh sector to interact with soldiers deployed there and understand their working conditions and requirements.