Thursday, August 18, 2022

Manipur observes Kargil Vijay Diwas

Correspondent

Manipur on Tuesday joined the observance of Kargil Vijay Diwas with a state level observance held at the Banquet Hall of the 1st Battalion Manipur Rifles in Imphal
Kargil Vijay Diwas is observed across the country on July 26 every year to commemorate India’s victory over Pakistan in the Kargil War by ousting Pakistani forces from their occupied positions on the mountain tops of Northern Kargil district in Ladakh in 1999.
Addressing the observance, chief minister N Biren Singh recalled the valour and courage shown by Indian soldiers during the Kargil War driving away the Pakistani forces by recapturing mountain heights that had been seized by Pakistani intruders.
He honoured the sacrifices made by Indian soldiers to save the integrity and sovereignty of the country.
He recalled that Indian soldiers had overcome many challenges, camping in extremely cold regions during the war which went on for 74 days, informing that the Country lost 527 soldiers in the war.
The chief minister also said that India had witnessed considerable progress in every field, after 2014, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
He continued that as the country progressed in its path of development, many challenges including enmity from neighbouring countries would create impediments to the growth progress.
“As such, we should maintain our unity and sense of brotherhood and should be ready to face any eventualities on our way towards development,” he said.
Considering its importance, the Central government had come up with the Agnipath Scheme, he claimed.
Singh informed that the Agniveer Recruitment for all the districts of Manipur, which was earlier scheduled to be held at Dimapur, Nagaland, had been rescheduled to be held at Leimakhong, Manipur from November 23 to December 5, 2022.
Youths of the state won’t face the problems to go outside the state as they would have the opportunity to appear for the Agniveer Recruitment Rally in the state, he added.
He also informed the state government would provide special priority to Agniveers in the recruitment of state’s active services.
Expressing happiness on Manipur bagging the top position in the North East and Hill State category of the third edition of NITI Aayog’s India Innovation Index, 2021, he lauded his ministers, MLAs and all officials of the state government for their hard work and dedication towards good governance and welfare of the people.
On the occasion, the chief minister also appealed to the public to hoist the national flag with pride with the thought of one nation, while asserting that ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’, is a campaign under the aegis of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav to encourage people to bring the Tiranga home and to hoist it to mark the 75th year of India’s independence.
State rural development and Panchayati Raj minister Yumnam Khemchand termed the Kargil Vijay Diwas a significant day as it marks the end of the Kargil War in which the Indian forces defeated the Pakistani troops.

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