Stapled Visas Not Acceptable: Antony13 January 2011
New Delhi: While asserting that India was upgrading its infrastructure along the border with China, Defence Minister AK Antony on Thursday said the issuing of stapled visas for the people from Jammu and Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh was not acceptable to India. 'The issuing of stapled visas is not acceptable to the government of India. We have already conveyed that we will not accept it,' Antony told reporters. Indian Weightlifting Federation's Joint Secretary Abraham K Techi, along with a noted weightlifter from Arunachal Pradesh were issued stapled visas. The incident has occurred even as Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao during his India visit last December had assured India it would accommodate New Delhi's concerns over the stapled visa issue. The defence minister also sought to downplay the development of defence infrastructures on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC). 'They (Chinese) have strengthened their security structures during last 20 years. We are aware of this and are also strengthening our security apparatus on Indian soil in the northeast,' Antony said, while commenting on the subject of China having flight tested the radar-evading fifth-generation fighter jet J-20. India's armed forces are undertaking a revamp of its infrastructure along the border with China. This includes the revival of air fields in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, the deployment of front-line fighter jets Sukhoi-30MKI in the northeast, constructing 73 border roads, procuring ultra-light howitzers to be deployed in the mountain terrain along the Chinese border and the raising of two mountain divisions in the northeast region, including two battalions of Arunachal Pradesh scouts.