PM Modi visits J&K’s Nowshera sector to celebrate Diwali with soldiers
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a visit to J&K’s Nowshera to celebrate Diwali with our soldiers.
After meeting the officials in the forward area of the Nowshera sector, PM Modi addressed the soldiers and said, “I want to spend Diwali with family members, so I join you on the festival.”
PM Modi said that the across the line of control (LoC) surgical strike in 2016 signified the great professionalism and capability of the Indian army.
He said, “I was constantly on the phone at the time of the surgical strike. I wanted to ensure that each soldier, who was part of the strike, should return safely.”
“All the soldiers who carried out the surgical strike made me feel proud by returning to their unit safely”, he said.
PM Modi further added, “Our soldiers are the ‘suraksha kawach‘ of ‘Maa Bharti‘. It is because of you all that people of our country can sleep peacefully and there is happiness during festivals, your capability and strength ensure peace and security for the country.”
He laid a wreath at the war memorial as a tribute to the soldiers who have laid down their lives for the country in J&K.
“Many efforts were made to disrupt peace in J&K after the surgical strike, but our soldiers kept their morale high and defeated all such moves by giving a befitting reply,” Modi said.
He said that while the entire country celebrates Azadi ka Amrut Mahautsav to mark the 75 years of Independence, the government has new targets and new challenges ahead.
“There was a time when our forces were fully dependent on foreign arms.
“Our soldiers would wait for the spare parts of defence equipment from the foreign countries. It would take years to receive such consignments. The army officer who would sign the procurement deal had to wait till his retirement to receive the same.
“Today, country’s 65 percent defence budget is being spent within the country to manufacture the equipment. Today, we manufacture Arjun tanks and Tejas aircraft within the country.
“More than 200 items including spare parts and other equipment are being made in India itself.
“This way, we have reduced our dependence on foreign arms”, the Prime Minister said.
He said that from now onwards women would get admission in all defence schools, colleges, and academies.
“Our army is different from the forces of other countries. It is because of your age-old custom, tradition, great professionalism, and commitment towards your motherland.
“You worship your motherland and this is not seen in any other country. This is what makes you different from others.
“I am feeling privileged to be with you on the special occasion of Diwali”, the Prime Minister said adding that he will light a Diwali lamp to pay tribute to the great valour, courage, discipline, professionalism, and commitment of the country’s soldiers.
PM Modi also paid tribute to heroes of Nowshera including Brigadier Usman, Naik Jadunath Singh, and Lt R R Rane. Praising jawans for their role during the surgical strike, PM Modi said “It fills every Indian with pride on the role this brigade played during the surgical strike.”
[With Inputs from IANS]
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