PM Narendra Modi celebrates Diwali with troops in Gurez

PM Modi reached Gurez around 11 am and spent more than two hours with the troopers deployed there. Both the Army and BSF guard the LoC in Gurez sector.

Written by Mir Ehsan | Srinagar | Updated: October 20, 2017 7:03 am
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrated Diwali with Indian Army and Border Security Force personnel near the Line of Control in North Kashmir’s Gurez sector on Thursday.

This is the fourth successive Diwali that PM Modi has celebrated with troopers on the border and LoC.

Modi reached Gurez around 11 am and spent more than two hours with the troopers deployed there. Both the Army and BSF guard the LoC in Gurez sector.

Accompanied by Army chief Bipin Rawat and other top officials, Prime Minister Modi offered sweets to the personnel. The PM told them that like everyone else, he too wishes to spend Diwali with his family. Therefore, he was among the jawans of the armed forces, whom he considers “his family”.

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The PM said he gets new energy when he spends time with troopers. Praising the sacrifices made by them in harsh conditions, Modi asked them to regularly practise yoga. ‘’Yoga will definitely enhance abilities and give a sense of calm to jawans,’’ he said in his address.

The PM also spoke of the new resolve that each Indian citizen must make for 2022, the 75th anniversary of Independence.

He asked the jawans to innovate so that routine tasks and duties become easier and safer. He mentioned how the best innovations are now being recognised and awarded at the Army Day, Navy Day and Air Force Day celebrations.

Gurez Valley: Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrating the Diwali with the jawans of the Indian Army and BSF, in the Gurez Valley, near the Line of Control, in Jammu and Kashmir, on Thursday. (PTI Photo/ PIB)

The Union government is committed to the welfare and betterment of the armed forces in every possible way, Modi said, mentioning ‘’the implementation of One Rank, One Pension, which had been pending for decades”.

In the visitors’ book, the Prime Minister wrote: “Protecting the Motherland, far from your loved ones, displaying the highest traditions of sacrifice, all soldiers at the nation’s borders are symbols of bravery and dedication. I have an opportunity to spend the festival of Diwali with you. The presence of brave soldiers at the border, on this festive occasion, lights the lamp of hope, and generates new energy among crores of Indians.

“To accomplish the dream of ‘New India’, this is a golden opportunity for all of us to work together. The Army too is a part of it. Greetings to all of you on Diwali.”

The PM left for New Delhi in the afternoon.

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  1. D
    Oct 21, 2017 at 10:23 pm
    Achhee baat hai lekin abee samjme nahee aaya BSF se India ko suraksha de rahee hai Lekin pay and allowances and OROPEN CSD kahaa BSF ko ?
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      Bhupal Singh
      Oct 21, 2017 at 10:05 am
      Dear PM Sir, we all appreciate your gesture of being with troops in forward areas at DIWALI. It goes a long way to boost the morale of the troops. However, your statement to Journos (Indian Express) that Govt is committed to the welfare of Defence Forces ESM and mentioning "the implementation of OROP......." is not true in spirit has hurt me at heart. The present OROP has created 5 pensions in the same rank with the same length of service, consequently you have not lived up to your assurances and hence betrayed us and lost our trust. May I request you to reconsider the present award and correct the anomalies pointed out to OMJC ( whose report has not yet seen the light of the day since it submission almost one yr ago ) and correct this truncated OROP as per the announcement in the Hon'ble Parliament.
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        Bhupal Singh
        Oct 20, 2017 at 9:28 pm
        Dear PM Sir, Kindly consider cutting down totally the appeals being made by MOD against orders of Honble AFT judgements in the Hon'ble SC in respect of cases filed by ESM. You have been repeatedly making statements that AFs ( which include ESM) are like your family. Still MOD bureaucrats go for appeals to the HSC despite explicit judgements by AFTs based on previous similar cases. Your mere lip service at DIEALI occasion in forward areas is not enough. YOUR rhetoric for cutting down litigation by Govt has not succeeded so far. Even the HSC has passed adverse comments in regard to the unwanted litigation by the Govt. An aggrieved ESM
        1. Krishanadev Singh Thakur
          Oct 20, 2017 at 5:42 pm
          True son of india.
          1. B
            Oct 20, 2017 at 8:14 am
            guys notice a chaddi under his uniform,it is insulting for indian army that this feku allowed to wear a uniform over a dirty and filthy chaddi,these Army peoples should cut his dardi and mosthe and put lack paint on his face and tie him up to a ballistic missile and send him to another continent of no return
            1. P
              Oct 20, 2017 at 1:02 pm
              Your hate and dem0n in you is evident from the Bible you read where you are told to get raped by catholic christian padre priest as you are brown and slave of white supremaciat vatican church.
              1. R
                Oct 20, 2017 at 2:20 pm
                Hate... So much hate noticed... Keep calm and smile bro...
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