Leh: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday slammed Pakistan for continuing its proxy war of terrorism against India, saying it has lost the strength to fight a conventional war.
The Prime Minister said that the Indian armed forces were suffering more casualties from terrorism than from war.
Noting that this is a global problem, the Prime Minister said all humanitarian forces of the world should unite to fight it.
The jawans should be assured that the entire country supports them, he stressed.
The Prime Minister said that the soldiers remain undeterred in spite of the many negatives and struggles that their families face in day-to-day life and this energy and sense of duty inspires him and, therefore, he keeps visiting jawans on the border to seek inspiration.
Modi promised the troops that a National War Memorial would be built that would inspire future generations of India.
He also told the defence personnel that the government is committed to making India self-reliant in defence manufacturing.
Citing the Kargil infiltration, about which the first information was given by a shepherd named Tashi Namgyal, he said that the country’s armed forces deployed in border areas are well-connected with the people who live there.
Modi interacted with the troops and wrote in the visitor’s book that peace and security are a pre-requisite for development.
During his day’s hectic schedule, the Prime Minister inaugurated Nimoo Bazgo hydro-electric project and Leh-Kargil-Srinagar transmission system.
The Prime Minister underlined his government’s resolve to fight graft which has ‘ruined’ the country.
“Corruption is troubling us. People are angry. I assure that we will fight corruption and work with all those against graft. Corruption has ruined the country. I promise that we will fight against corruption with full might,” he said.
Modi said that the government is willing to take along all anti-corruption forces, political parties and its leaders and honest officer in its fight to end graft”.
“There are also honest officers. We will work with them too. If we win the fight against corruption we will win battle against poverty,” he said addressing a rally at Polo ground here which was attended by nearly 10,000 people.
Dressed in traditional Ladakhi attire, Modi said government will do its best to bring a ‘kesar’ (saffron) revolution in Jammu and Kashmir giving impetus to its production.
“We need to bring a saffron revolution that is giving impetus to kesar. Special attention should be placed to farmers,” he said.
“We have put Leh at the focus of our solar energy initiatives. We have to connect every corner of the country through power, rail, road and telecommunication,” Modi said.
The Prime Minister said development must be such that it positively transforms the lives of the common people.
He said that three Ps-Prakash (solar light), Prayawaran (environment) and Paryatan (tourism) are the assets of Jammu and Kashmir and all efforts would be taken for their development.
“We have kept Ladakh at the centre of our solar energy policy. Now you will not live on borrowed power. You will live on your own solar powered electricity,” he said.
He said that the government is planning special projects including large-scale organic farming for the development of all Himalayan states including.
“I am fortunate to have worked for the party organization in Jammu and Kashmir. I used to visit the state often. I know the problems people face and most importantly I know the strength of this land,” he said.
Modi said there was a time when PMs never visited this state and he has come here two times already as Ladakh’s affection draws him here.
Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, Minister of State for Power Piyush Goyal, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and Chief of Army Staff General Dalbir Singh were among those present on the occasion.