Sitharaman now says Army consulted prior to opening of cantonment roads

The government had decided that it would allow civilian access to roads in military cantonments across the country.

With the cantonment roads opening continuing to be debated, the Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today said Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat and top brass were consulted before the government made the decision.

The government had decided that it would allow civilian access to roads in military cantonments across the country.

She was speaking in the backdrop of a country-wide signature campaign against the government decision launched by wives of Army officers.

Minister Sitharaman said a total of 850 roads were closed in various cantonments, out of which 119 were blocked without following laid down procedures and thus some of them have been opened.

The Defence Ministry last month had decided to allow civilian access to the roads in 62 cantonments.

A large section of Army officials and their families have expressed strong reservations over the decision to reopen all roads in cantonments to civilians, citing security concerns.

Veterans and wives of armed forces personnel have been agitating on the issue.

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