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Modi celebrates Diwali with Army, ITBP in Uttarakhand

IANS  |  Dehradun 

Modi on Wednesday celebrated Diwali with the personnel of and (ITBP), mandated to guard 3,488 km Sino-border, in Uttarakhand and said that was taking great strides

The reached Harshil village at around 7.50 a.m. in a special plane and distributed sweets to the personnel, according to an ITBP

Harshil is situated at the confluence of Jalandhari Gadh and Bhagirathi rivers and at the foot of the mountain that lies at the of the at the height of around 8,000 feet.

Modi was flanked by

Greeting the and ITBP personnel on the occasion, Modi said their devotion to duty in the remote icy heights was enabling the strength of the nation and securing the future and the dreams of 125 crore Indians.

"Diwali is the which spreads the light of goodness and dispels fear. The jawans, through their commitment and discipline, are also helping to spread the sense of security and fearlessness among the people," Modi said.

The recalled that he has been visiting soldiers on Diwali ever since he was the Minister of He also spoke of his interactions with the ITBP personnel, years ago when he was part of the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra.

Modi said: "is taking great strides forward in the defence sector" and spoke of various measures being taken for welfare of ex-servicemen, including OROP (One Rank, One Pension)."

He said that the Indian Armed Forces draw admiration and appreciation across the world and in UN Peacekeeping operations.

also interacted with people from nearby areas who had gathered to greet him.

Later, Modi left for the where he is scheduled to offer prayers and review the reconstruction of the shrine.

Many parts around the shrine were devastated in the 2013 floods.

has taken personal interest in the reconstruction and has visited the shrine twice in the last six months.

It has been snowing in the region for the past few days and the road from the VIP helipad to the shrine that had been covered with snow has been cleared.

Modi is also scheduled to watch a video presentation prepared by the state officials on the reconstruction work of the guesthouse near the shrine.



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First Published: Wed, November 07 2018. 11:44 IST