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ITBP, Chinese forces face-off in Demchok over water project (Relevant for GS Mains Paper II, Topic : Indo-China relations)

Confrontation of ITBP and army with CPLA over MGNREGA water project
The Indo Tibetan Border Police and the Army have been engaged in a face- off with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army along the Line of Actual Control in Leh’s Demchok area.

The official said around 50 Chinese Army personnel had come close to the Indian side of the LAC and were refusing to go back. The Chinese side is objecting to an irrigation project under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) to link a village with a ‘hot spring’.

Concerns over face off
The Chinese troops took positions and demanded that work be stopped as either side needs permission before undertaking any work. India disputed the claim, stating that as per the agreement between the two countries, information about construction needs to be shared only if it was meant for defence purposes.
This is the first time since the 2014 incident when Chinese Army had come deep inside the Indian territory in Demchok to protest an ongoing irrigation project.

What is Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP)?
The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) is one of the five Central Armed Police Forces of India, raised in 1962, under the CRPF Act, in the wake of the Sino-Indian War of 1962. The ITBP was intended for deployment along India's border with China's Tibet Autonomous Region.

What is Chinese People's Liberation Army (CPLA)?
The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) is the armed force of the People's Republic of China. The PLA is the world's largest military force.



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