Leh, Aug 12 :
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday said that the government is committed to make India self-reliant in defence manufacturing.
Modi, who is on a day-long visit to the Ladakh region, addressed soldiers here.
The prime minister spoke of the provisions made in the union budget towards the modernization and welfare of the armed forces, including ‘One Rank One Pension’.
He also promised that the National War Memorial would be built and would inspire future generations of India.
Modi recalled the Kargil war during his day-long visit to Jammu and Kashmir’s Ladakh region.
Addressing soldiers here, Modi said that armed forces deployed in border areas are well-connected with the people who live there.
He highlighted the example of the Kargil infiltrations, about which the first information was given to our armed forces by a shepherd named Tashi Namgyal.
India defeated Pakistani infiltrators in the 1999 Kargil war.
“Committed to Ladakh’s growth”
We are committed to the development of Leh and Ladakh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here Tuesday.
The Ladakh region has “Prakash, Paryavaran and Paryatan (Power, Environment and Tourism)”, which is not just for Jammu and Kashmir, but also for the entire country, said Modi after inaugurating a hydropower project.
“If these three are utilised properly then the country will benefit…Development must be such that it positively transforms the lives of the common people,” he said.
Modi added that Leh is at the focus of his government’s solar initiative.
“I know the problems people face and most importantly I know the strength of this land….We have put Leh at the focus of our solar energy initiatives,” Modi said while addressing the gathering after laying the foundation stone of the Rs.1,700 crore and 330-km long Leh-Srinagar transmission line here.
He added that the people would no longer have to depend on borrowed power.
Later, Modi will inaugurate another 44 MW hydro power project at Chutak village in Kargil district.