New Delhi: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Bipin Rawat visited Leh belt of Ladakh sector on Tuesday and interacted with members of the 15th Finance Commission to apprise them about the financial outlay required for improving the operational capability of the forces. The team of the 15th Finance Commission led by its Chairman NK Singh is in Ladakh for a field visit to assess the conditions under which the troops operate and to assess the financial needs for modernization and infrastructure development. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’A day earlier, General Officer Commanding in Chief of Northern Command, Lt Gen Ranbir Singh had also met the Finance Commission team in Ladakh. The three service chiefs and senior officials of the Defence Ministry had met Finance Commission members in New Delhi last month to discuss mechanisms through which the armed forces can raise a chunk of their own budget. In August this year, the Finance Ministry had issued a notification inserting Paragraph 9A to the terms of reference of the Finance Commission, which reads, “The Commission shall also examine whether a separate mechanism for funding of defence and internal security ought to be set up, and if so, how such a mechanism could be operationalised.” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KOn Tuesday, General Rawat explained to the team the issues pertaining to the peculiar terrain, weather and altitude challenges of the Ladakh Sector, which require specialised equipment and skills for performing operational tasks. He also apprised the team that the focus on improving connectivity to the border areas in recent years had greatly improved the efficacy of the troops deployed along the borders. According to a defence ministry official, the Finance Commission team has assured the Army of all support required to discharge their duties effectively.