Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to the soldiers who were killed in the line of duty in the 1999 war with Pakistan, a day after the 20th anniversary of the Kargil victory.
“We will not come under any pressure when it comes to national security,” the PM said.
PM Modi attended a commemorative function in Delhi on Saturday evening, he said: “I had gone to Kargil 20 years ago when war was at its peak, the enemy was playing its games sitting on high peaks. Death was staring in the face yet our jawans carrying the tricolor wanted to reach the valley before anyone.”
During the Kargil War in 1999, I had the opportunity to go to Kargil and show solidarity with our brave soldiers.
This was the time when I was working for my Party in J&K as well as Himachal Pradesh.
The visit to Kargil and interactions with soldiers are unforgettable. pic.twitter.com/E5QUgHlTDS
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 26, 2019
Mr. Modi added that modernization of defence forces was a key priority for his government and also “ensuring jointness among Army, Navy and Air Force.”
In a pitch addressing a huge number of military personnel and former servicemen, PM said : “In the last five years, several important decisions were taken for welfare of our soldiers and their families. Our government took the decision to implement OROP (One Rank One Pension), which was pending since decades. Right after our government was formed this time, we took decision to raise scholarship of martyrs’ children.”