The Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrated Diwali with jawans of the Indian Army and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel at Harsil village in Uttarakhand on Wednesday.
Greeting the jawans on the occasion, the Prime Minister said that their devotion to duty in the remote icy heights is enhancing the strength of the nation and securing the future and the dreams of 125 crore Indians.
He added that Diwali is the festival of lights and spreads the light of goodness and dispels fear. He also noted that the jawans, through their commitment and discipline, are helping to spread a sense of security and fearlessness among the people.
The Prime Minister recalled that he has been visiting soldiers on Diwali ever since he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat. He also spoke of his interactions with the jawans of the ITBP years ago when he was part of the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra.
The Prime Minister said India is taking great strides forward in the defence sector. He spoke of various measures being taken for the welfare of ex-servicemen, including One Rank, One Pension (OROP).
Prime Minister Modi further said that the Indian Armed Forces draw admiration and appreciation across the world in United Nations peacekeeping operations.
As part of the celebrations, the Prime Minister also offered sweets to the jawans and interacted with people from nearby areas who had gathered to greet him on Diwali.
After becoming the prime minister in 2014, PM Modi had spent his Diwali in Siachen with jawans.
In 2015, he had visited the Punjab border on Diwali.
In 2016, PM Modi was in Himachal Pradesh where he spent time with Indo-Tibetan Border Police personnel at an outpost.
PM Modi had spent his fourth Diwali as PM with soldiers at Gurez in Jammu and Kashmir in 2017.
(with ANI inputs)