Prime Min­is­ter ad­dresses armed forces per­son­nel at Leh


Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi ad­dressed of­fi­cers, sol­diers and air war­riors of the In­dian Army and Air Force at Leh re­cently. He con­demned the con­tin­u­ing proxy war by Pak­istan. He said that the neigh­bour­ing coun­try has lost the strength to fight a con­ven­tional war, but con­tin­ues to en­gage in the proxy war of ter­ror­ism.

The Prime Min­is­ter said the In­dian armed forces are suf­fer­ing more ca­su­al­ties from ter­ror­ism than from war. He said this is a global prob­lem and all hu­man­i­tar­ian forces of the world should unite to fight it. In­dia is com­mit­ted to strength­en­ing and unit­ing th­ese hu­man­i­tar­ian forces.

The Prime Min­is­ter said In­dia is com­mit­ted to strong armed forces, well-equipped with mod­ern arms and tech­nol­ogy. He said that the jawans should be as­sured that the en­tire coun­try sup­ports them. In an emo­tional vein, Naren­dra Modi said sol­diers re­main un­de­terred in spite of the many nega­tives and strug­gles that their fam­i­lies face in day-to-day life. The Prime Min­is­ter said that this en­ergy and sense of duty in­spires him and there­fore he keeps vis­it­ing jawans on the bor­der to seek in­spi­ra­tion.

The Prime Min­is­ter said that our armed forces de­ployed in bor­der ar­eas are well-con­nected with the peo­ple who live there. He high­lighted the ex­am­ple of the Kargil in­fil­tra­tions, about which the first in­for­ma­tion was given to our armed forces by a shep­herd named Tashi Nam­gyal.

The Prime Min­is­ter men­tioned pro­vi­sions made in the re­cent Union Bud­get to­wards the mod­erni­sa­tion and wel­fare of the armed forces, in­clud­ing ‘One Rank One Pen­sion’. He also promised that the Na­tional War Memo­rial would be built and would in­spire fu­ture gen­er­a­tions of In­dia. He said that the gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to make In­dia self-re­liant in de­fence man­u­fac­tur­ing.

Later, writ­ing in the Vis­i­tor’s Book at Leh Au­di­to­rium, Naren­dra Modi said that peace and se­cu­rity is a pre-req­ui­site for de­vel­op­ment.

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