Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrated Diwali with the Indian army and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) troops at Harshil in Uttarakhand and also offered prayers at the Kedarnath temple. He first visited the Kedarnath shrine to look at the re-development work been carried out and then he took off to celebrate Diwali with the jawans. The Kedarnath shrine was destroyed after the 2013 flash floods which claimed thousands of lives after a glacier lake breach flooded Kedarpuri and the Kedarnath valley.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Uttarakhand’s Rudraprayag district and reviewed the ongoing reconstruction work that was going on in the Kedarpuri valley which comprises Kedarnath. He laid the foundation stone for five projects at Kedarpuri which included the widening of the pathway of the road which leads to Kedarnath, construction of ghats and retaining walls on the rivers Mandakini and Saraswati, construction of houses for priests and construction of grand Samadhi sthal of Adi Sanakara.
He also met the army jawans and the IBTP troops and also recalled that he had been visiting and meeting soldiers since the time he was elected as the CM of Gujarat. PM Modi also spoke about the steps taken by the government to strengthen the defense sector and the welfare measures been taken for the ex-serviceman which includes One Rank, One Pension (OROP). Army chief Bipin Rawat was also present at the event in Harsil.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered sweets to the jawans and appreciated the devotion of the army men working in extreme climatic conditions and geographical topographies. Here’s what he said during an interaction “Celebrated Diwali with our valorous Army and ITBP personnel at Harsil in Uttarakhand. India is immensely proud of all those who protect our nation with utmost dedication and courage. We salute them“.
Harsil is situated at a height of 8000 feet from the sea level and is close to the India-China border.
PM Modi Celebrates Diwali With Army, ITBP troops at Harsil
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