In news- Recently, the Indian Army and the People’s Liberation Army have established a new hotline for on-ground communication in Sikkim.
About new hotline-
- The hotline was established between Indian Army in Kongra La, North Sikkim, and the PLA at Khamba Dzong in Tibetan Autonomous Region.
- The new hotline comes a day after the two sides held the 12th round of Corps Commander-level talks on the Chinese side of the Chushul-Moldo Border Personnel Meeting point
- With the setting up of the hotline, the ground commanders will be able to speak directly and resolve any differences if they crop up.
- This is the sixth hotline for local commanders between the two armies – two in eastern Ladakh, two in Arunachal Pradesh and two in Sikkim.
- The hotlines have been helpful in keeping things largely under control in eastern Ladakh, where the two armies are involved in the standoff.
What is a Military Hotline?
- A hotline is a point-to-point communications link in which a call is automatically directed to the preselected destination without any additional action by the user when the end instrument goes off-hook.
- An example would be a phone that automatically connects to emergency services on picking up the receiver.
- Therefore, dedicated hotline phones do not need a rotary dial or keypad.