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Kargil, Oct 24 : Prime Minister Narender Modi on Monday said India as a growing nation has been able to deal effectively with internal and external enemies of the country and time is not far when “enemy free nation.”

“India as a nation has launched a war against its internal and external enemies and time is not far when all kinds of enemies will be wiped out and India will emerge as enemy free nation,” Prime Minister thundered from the stage, as per news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO).

Modi said that there can be no better Diwali festival than the one celebrated in Kargil where on one hand there are border and on the other, brave men protecting it. He said Diwali festival actually means “celebrating end of terrorism.”

Addressing the soldiers in Kargil, on the eve of Diwali—the festival of lights—PM Modi, as per KNO said that one could never forget the Diwali celebrated after the grand victory of Kargil war when our brave soldiers gave a befitting reply to the enemy.

“Whenever Pakistan played mischief, Kargil gave a befitting reply and always emerged victorious,” he said, adding that “Tiger Hill and other peaks are witness of the great valour of the nation’s brave soldiers.

He said one can understand when nation’s brave men are so committed to their motherland, what can be the fate of country. “It is because of you (soldiers) that people across the nation sleep without any worry,” PM Modi said.

The PM said that he was glad to see his photographs clicked during Kargil war when he got an opportunity to serve food items at the base camps of Kargil among soldiers. “Today, our soldiers are enjoying better connectivity even at the forward posts of Kargil. They speak to their family members and are able to reach their homes on vacations in time,” he said.

Two days ago, ISRO launched 36 satellites in one go, he said. “When you listen to such news, your chest broadens with proud,” Modi said. “Today, India is growing economy across the globe and every country is giving a due respect to it.” This is because India has been able to deal effectively with internal and external enemies of nation.

“Terrorism and Naxalism is being rooted out,” PM Mod said. “Naxalism at one point of time had engulfed a large portion of country, but today, we have been able to wipe out Naxalism to a large extent.” PM Modi said that the country has launched a war against corruption and a grand victory is being achieved. “Today, Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas and Sabka vishwas slogan is bearing fruit,” he said.

On the technology front, India is not lagging behind and all latest technology is being procured, PM said. “To ensure better coordination among our security forces and to face all challenges effectively, he said. He said that efforts are on all fronts to achieve the target of Atma Nirbar Bharat. “Today, our security forces have decided that 400 kinds of weapons to be manufactured within the country,” he said.

He said that never opted for war but as last option. “Wars fought in Lanka or Kurekshetra, all efforts were made to avoid war. But if we are provoked and challenged, our three-level forces are able to give a befitting reply to enemy,” PM Modi said, as per KNO. PM Modi said that today, entire world looks at India as a growing economy and fastest progressing nation. “All countries across globe are giving due respect to India after knowing the country’s ability and capability,” the PM Modi said—(KNO)

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In line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi government’s emphasis on “vocal for local”, an Indian Army unit in Ladakh has helped apricot producers in Turtuk village near the Line of Control (LoC) to pack and sell their produce to enhance their income from farming.
Turtuk is famous for two varieties of apricots: Halman and Rakhaikarpo.
“The Indian Army facilitated apricot canning from the produce of the cultivators and enabled the locals of this remote village to realize their entrepreneurial spirit to the fullest,” Army officials said here.
They said the success of the initiative can be gauged from the fact that now apricot products such as jam, oil and canned apricots are being sold to tourists on the Leh-Turtuk axis while they are also being used to provide excellent calorific content for the soldiers posted on the LoC in the region.
During a visit to forward locations, the Army chief had also issued instructions to the commanders to engage with citizens living in border areas and empower them.
Army officials said the initiative also helped in furthering women’s empowerment and also led to significant job generation in the area.
The canning plant has rejuvenated and re-energized the micro-economy of Turtuk Block of villages, enhancing the image of the Indian Army amongst locals.
The success of the initiative is also planned to be showcased during the Army Day event scheduled to be held in the national capital on January 15.
As per the data issued by the horticulture department in 2017, a significant part of the 15,000 metric tonnes of apricot produce is wasted due to the short shelf life and lack of facilities.
Army officials said the total cost of the project was Rs 30 Lakhs and 100 per cent of the project was financed through soft loans provided by State Bank of India’s local branch in Diskit.
Processing and packaging were coordinated through Bajaj Processpack Limited in Ghaziabad and the FSSAI approval was taken post passing the most stringent lab tests of canned apricots.
“In just three months from conception of an idea, Indian Army‘s Tyakshi battalion commenced the production of Tin Canned Apricots in Sugar Syrup in the last week of July 2021.
Fruit is collected from farmers of different villages in the morning on daily basis and then subsequently sorted at the canning plant. After the fruit is washed and cut; it is filled in the can with sugar syrup. After completion of canning of fruit, cans are tested for leakage or any damages.
Till date, approximately fifteen thousand cans have been produced with a total commercial value of over Rs 30 lakh.
“Over ninety farmers and other fifteen civilians from the remote Turtuk region have so far benefited through this novel initiative,” officials said.
In all this, six women have been employed giving further impetus to women empowerment in the region helping them to become financially independent. (ANI)

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