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Defence ministry appoints two monitors along Pakistan and China borders

The Ministry of Defence has appointed two independent external monitors for the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) and Military Engineering Services (MES) to supervise the ongoing infrastructure projects along the Pakistan and China borders. 

Former Intelligence Bureau (IB) chief Rajiv Jain and former chief information commissioner Sudhir Bhargava are the external monitors who will for three years look after the functioning of the BRO and the MES.  

The BRO is a military organisation that is responsible for the construction and maintenance of roads along the frontiers of the country. Whereas, the MES is an inter-services organisation that has army and civil components and deals mainly with construction. 

China wants to stop India from building the 250 Km Darbuk-Shyok-Daulat Beg Oldie Road that connects Leh to the Karakoram Pass. This road runs parallel with LAC and has strategic importance as it separates China’s Xinjiang Autonomous Region from Ladakh.  

Completion of this border project will ensure faster deployment of Indian Army Troops in that region. India and China both have ramped up strategic reserves in their rear bases near the frontier by rushing in artillery, infantry combat vehicles, and military equipment. 

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