Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday heaped praises on Indian armed forces for their bravery and service to humanity.
Addressing the ex-servicemen on the occassion of inauguration of Bravery memorial (Shaurya Smarak) in Bhopal, PM said: “It is my privilege that I have the opportunity to pay my tributes to our brave soldiers here on this historic day.”
PM said: “When we talk about our soldiers, it is mostly about their uniform, their valour but we must also see them as an example of humanity.”
Giving credit to the armed forces for the last month’s surgical strike across the line of control, PM said: When I say our army does not believe in speaking, critics would say Modi is sleeping, is doing nothing. Like our Army doesn’t say but displays its valour, similarly our Defence Minister also doesn’t speak.”
Recalling the help extended by the Indian Army during Kashmir floods, Modi said, “During floods in Srinagar, army men extended their help for the rescue and relief operation in the area. It is the call of humanity that inspires our armed forces when they’re helping people during natural disasters. Nothing else matters. When we think of armed forces, we remember their bravery and also their role during a natural disaster,” said Prime Minister Modi.
Highlighting the role of the Indian Army in rescue and relief operations in Yemen, the prime minister said that Indian army also rescued a few Pakistanis while rescuing Indians stranded in Yemen.
Prime Minster urged the people to respect and applaud the security forces whenever they see them.
“In some countries, whenever people see jawans at airports or railway stations, they stand up and applause, we should also adopt this,” he added.
The prime minister also hit out at the previous UPA government with regard to One Rank One Pension. He said: “Previous governments had made empty promises on OROP but when we came to power we fulfilled our promise and implemented it.”