Modi celebrates Diwali with Jawans

  • Says OROP was his dream project

Kinnaur (HP): Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrated Diwali with Indian army jawans and ITBP personnel at Sumdo, Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh, which is over 270 kms away from Himachal Pradesh capital Shimla. Jawans raised slogans ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ and ‘Vande Mataram’ along with Modi.

Modi said that after becoming the Prime Minister, in his first public meeting, he invited ex-servicemen in Rewari and promised One Rank One Pension (OROP). It is not just about Rs 200 cr or Rs 500 cr, but a sum of Rs 10,000 cr to be paid by the government in one go, which made the entire government officials lose sleep over it.  Modi has requested the ex-servicemen to accept the amount in four installments. So far, Rs 5,500 crore has been paid as part of the first installment.

The prime minister said OROP scheme has been pending for 40 years, as certain people in the previous government did not understand the scheme and allotted only Rs 500 cr for the purpose.  He added that the previous officials thought that a section of ex-servicemen would turn against the government if the scheme was not implemented. He tweeted, “Spent time with our courageous ITBP officials & Army Jawans at Sumdo, Kinnaur district, Himachal Pradesh. Jai Jawan! Jai Hind!,”

Modi on his way to Sumdo made an unscheduled halt at Chango village to meet civilians and convey Diwali wishes to them. He said that he was deeply touched by the reception by the villagers at Chango.

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