new Delhi: There is a deadlock between India and China on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh. In the midst of this tense situation, the Indian Army has arranged special clothes, food and shelter to cope with prolonged harsh winters at altitudes of more than 12,000 feet. At many high altitudes in Ladakh, the temperature in the winter goes up to minus 50 degrees Celsius, so the Indian Army is making special preparations to deal with adverse conditions.
Sources said that the deployment of soldiers is likely to continue for months. This is the reason that an adequate supply of equipment and other materials used at high altitude locations has been arranged. The army has stocked these items for about 35,000 additional soldiers deployed at the forward locations.
Most of the standoff points in Ladakh such as Pangong Lake and Galvan Valley are located at an altitude of 14,000 feet above sea level. This is the reason, where both the armies have been face to face many times and violent clashes have also taken place between them. Apart from this, the local residents in Ladakh are also willing to help the Indian Army and whenever there is a need, they are ready to provide assistance to the Indian soldiers.
The army has spent an estimated cost of about Rs 400 crore to provide special winter clothes to the soldiers to meet the needs of increased deployment. During harsh winters, the cost of clothing equipped with special equipment is about one lakh rupees per soldier.
Special clothing and mountaineering equipment (SCME) are provided to each soldier at a cost of about one lakh rupees to meet the requirements of clothing and shelter for operations in these areas. Winter clothing and other supplies include special three-layer jackets and trousers, shoes, snow goggles, facemasks, rucksacks and other items.
The SCME set includes tents with snow clothing and equipment needed to survive in adversity. Seals are also provided with temperature-controlled special tents and pre-fabricated hats. In Ladakh, where oxygen levels are low, they can maintain the right temperature.
The ration given to the soldiers has been scientifically prepared and developed to provide adequate nutrients. Scientifically formulated special diets contain high calories and nutrients to reduce hunger and reduce food intake, so that soldiers can remain deployed in extremely cold climates.
A total of 33 items are provided daily to the jawans in high altitude areas.
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