Raksha Rajya Mantri Shri Ajay Bhatt visited the Headquarters Western Command in Chandimandir on 12 February 2024. He was briefed on Operational & Security situation and the administrative aspects by Lt Gen Manoj Kumar Katiyar, GOC-in-C Western Command. Shri Ajay Bhatt also visited 474 Engineer Brigade, where he was briefed on operational capabilities & readiness of the Kharga Sappers. He witnessed the training activities and later interacted with troops of both Zirakpur and Chandimandir military stations.

 Shri Ajay Bhatt commended the yeoman service being done by Western Command in running a Rehabilitation Centre at Mohali and a Senior Veterans’ Home at Panchkula. He appreciated the operational preparedness and high state of morale of troops and exhorted them to continue to serve and defend the nation with the same zeal and enthusiasm.

Earlier, Raksha Rajya Mantri visited the NCC Group Headquarter, Chandigarh. He inspected the ceremonial guard and witnessed a cultural programme presented by NCC cadets. Speaking on the occasion, he exhorted the NCC cadets to excel in all walks of life and become good citizens. He shared his experience as an NCC cadet with the 250 cadets gathered there.

Later, Raksha Rajya Mantri visited the Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory (TBRL), Chandigarh and took stock of the ongoing research and projects. TBRL is one of the major DRDO labs in the field of armament studies, conducting basic and applied research in the fields of high explosives, detonics and shock waves. It is also involved in evolving data and design parameters for new armaments, as well as assessing the terminal effects of ammunition.