Indian Army opens Siachen Valley for the civilians amidst LAC stand off

On July 27, 2020, the Indian Army announced that the Siachen Valley is to be opened for the civilians. The decision comes amidst Line of Actual Control stand off between India and China.

Highlights

The Indian Army had opened the Siachen, world’s largest non-polar glacier and the highest battlefield in the world was taken in October 2019. When the order was passed, winter had begun and when the tourist season was nearly over. Following the winter, India and China had tensed borders along the LAC.

The Army Adventure Cell is to issue permits for Siachen area. Siachen is in the Galwan valley. The valley is one of the spots where the Indian and Chinese armies engaged.

Background

From 2007, India allowed civilians to trek from Siachen base camp to high altitude locations such as the Siachen Glaciers. The Glacier is at 11,000 feet height.

The Indian and Chinese Armies are still negotiating about stand off. They agreed to disengage in Galwan Valley, Gogra, and hot springs. However, the issue on Pangong Tso lake is yet to be concluded.

Army Adventure Wing

The AAW operates under Directorate General of Military Training. It plans, conducts, promotes adventure activities in the army. Currently, AAW is conducting adventure activities in 17 different adventure disciples under three fields of Aero, Aqua and Land.

India to setup its own Cotton Warehouse in Vietnam to boost Exports

The Cotton Corporation of India is holding surplus stocks of cotton. With the next harvest season approaching, the CCI is trying to boost exports.

Highlights

To export the current stocks, India will sign Memorandum of Understanding with Bangladesh to export 1.5 to 2 million bales of cotton. One bale is 170 kilo grams. Also, the CCI will set up its own warehouse in Vietnam to boost cotton exports.

Background

The CCI has so far procured 12.1 million bales of cotton. Along with its agent Maharashtra State Cooperative Marketing Federation, CCI was able to sell 900,000 bales of cotton this season.

Why Bangladesh and Vietnam?

India has chosen Bangladesh and Vietnam as they have duty-free access to markets of US, Europe, and China. This gives them an edge over Indian Yarn and garment exporters who pay comparatively higher duties.

Cotton Corporation of India

It is a GoI agency that is engaged in diverse activities related to export, trade, and procurement of cotton. It is also responsible for distribution of cotton and aids in import of cotton. The CCI is governed by the Textile Policy 1985 that was issued by the Ministry of Textiles.

Textile Policy in India

Currently India is working under National Textile Policy 2000. The Government of India announced in 2019 that a new Textile Policy, 2020 will be rolled out in mid of 2020. The New Textile Policy being formulated will focus on technical textiles, manufacturing of apparel and garment, man-made fibre products and exports.