Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday said that during the Kargil war in 1999, which was fought under adverse conditions, the world recognised the military prowess of India.
While participating in a programme organised at the Kargil Shaheed Smriti Vatika on the occasion of Kargil Vijay Diwas, the CM said, “The war, which began in May 1999, was officially declared Kargil Vijay Diwas on July 26, commemorating our success in driving the intruding Pakistani soldiers away from Indian soil.”
He paid his respects to the martyred soldiers by laying a wreath on their statue on the occasion and also extended his greetings to all the residents of the state on the occasion.
Remembering the soldiers, Yogi said, “I pay humble tribute to all the brave sons of Mother India who defended the borders before and after the Kargil conflict in 1999. I extend my heartfelt condolences to the families who lost their dear ones and continue to stand strong and unwavering in their commitment to the motherland.”
He said that the present government is working under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi and this new India ensures the security of all its citizens.
“There is no place for terrorism, Naxalism, or infiltration and every individual is being given an equal opportunity to live a life of dignity in this New India,” he said.
The CM said, “Not only the central and state governments, but also every citizen is working at their levels to reach out to those sections of society that were neglected after independence, through welfare schemes and initiatives aimed at public welfare.”
He said that the sacrifice of Mother India’s sons is unforgettable and praiseworthy for the entire nation.
He asserted that the state government, while expressing respect for their families, has provided financial assistance of Rs 50 lakh to the families of those who laid down their lives for the country’s internal or external security.
Yogi said that one family member of the martyr is given an opportunity for government service in UP while arrangements have been made to name an institution or road after the martyrs, as a tribute to their bravery and sacrifice, within six years.
He informed that the country’s first Sainik School was named after Captain Manoj Pandey.
He extended his greetings to the families of Major Aditya Mishra, Major Ritesh Sharma, Lance Naik Kevalanand Dwivedi and Lance Naik Sunil Jung.
The CM emphasised that if people work in their respective regions, fulfilling their civic responsibilities, India will establish itself as a significant global power in line with the vision of PM Modi by the year 2047.
The CM felicitated the families of Kargil martyrs, including Gopichand Pandey, father of Param Vir Chakra awardee Captain Manoj Pandey, Satyaprakash Sharma, father of martyr Major Ritesh Sharma, Kamla Dwivedi, wife of Lance Naik Kevalanand Dwivedi and Veena Mahat, mother of martyr Rifleman Sunil Jung on the occasion.
Finance and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Suresh Khanna, Urban Development and Energy Minister AK Sharma, Mayor Sushma Kharakwal, MLAs Neeraj Bora, Yogesh Shukla, Jai Devi, Amresh Kumar, MLC Mukesh Sharma, Ramchandra Pradhan, Avnish Singh, Principal Secretary (Home) Sanjay Prasad and others were present on the occasion.