Amidst tensions along the Jammu & Kashmir border during various ceasefire violation in RS Pura sector of Jammu and at Samba and Kathua, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spent the day with armed forces personnel at a remote location adjoining the Chinese border in Himachal Pradesh.
While visiting the border area, PM said, "Everyone spends Diwali with their own family that is why I'm here." Dedicating the festival to armed forces personnel, the PM also said that he had fulfilled the promise.
He made to ex-servicemen on the one-rank-onepension (OROP) scheme, adding that the government had released Rs 5,500 crore to implement OROP, an issue that had been hanging fire for the last 40 years.
Accompanied by Army chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag, he spent more than three hours at Sumdo interacting with men from Indo-Tibetan Border Police and Dogra Scouts in a bid to raise the morale of the troops.
PM Modi also talked about ongoing troubles in the Kashmir valley, said, “Unity in diversity is our strength. It is the responsibility of every citizen and all governments to forge unity and curb separatist tendencies to save the country.”
He hailed the people including celebrities for sending overwhelming messages to his "Sandesh2Soldiers" campaign. "I had invited everyone to participate in Sandesh2Soldiers and I have been humbled by the response. From students, villagers and traders to political leaders, everyone has sent a Diwali message," he said.