"Like in a war, we have to keep moving," he said and told a news channel in reply to a question that he had told his men "to keep smiling".
The main objective was to rescue each and every person stranded in the rain-ravaged Uttarakhand, he said and added, "Our men are highly trained and motivated. They are doing a great job. They are going ahead with their mission to save lives. It will continue till all the stranded have been taken to safer locations."
He expressed sorrow on the helicopter tragedy which resulted in the death of eight officers along with others at Guarikund on Tuesday. Meanwhile, four more bodies have been recovered by the IAF commandos near the crash site in Gaurikund. There were 20 people on board the ill-fated chopper.