Describing Surgical Strike day as the Parakram Parv in true spirits, the Haryana Chief Minister, Manohar Lal said that our valiant soldiers safeguard the frontiers of the country so that we can live peacefully.The Chief Minister said this while addressing the gathering at the State level celebrations at Jhajjar today to mark the second anniversary of the surgical strikes carried out by the Indian Army across the LoC on September 29, 2016. Particularly referring the sacrifices of the brave soldiers of our country, the Chief Minister said, “Unke hauslae ka bhugtaan kya karega koi, Unki shahaadat ka karz desh par udhar hai, Aap aur hum isliye khushhaal hain,Kyunki seema par sainik shahaadat ko taiyaar hai”.The Chief Minister describing Haryana as Veerbhumi said that the State is covering 1.3 percent of the total geographical area of the country but 10 to 11 per cent of the soldiers in the Army belong to Haryana which is a matter of pride. The values of sacrifice for the Nation are inculcated right from the beginning during the social and mental development of the children. Our youth join the Army to serve and sacrifice their lives for the Nation, he added.
The Chief Minister said that under the leadership of Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, the morale of Indian Army is constantly increasing.He said that there are 19 lakh families of ex-servicemen in Haryana and our Government is always committed for the welfare of all these families. 225 dependents of martyrs have been given Government jobs on compassionate grounds in the State. Besides this, the ex-gratia amount given to the family of armed forces personnel who sacrifice their lives for the country had been increased from Rs 20 lakh to Rs 50 lakh. And for the welfare of ex-servicemen, the Sainik Board has been given the status of a department.On this occasion, the Chief Minister presented shawl and memento to the gallantry awardees.On this occasion, Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister, Mr O.P. Dhankar said that our Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi had fulfilled the decades long pending demand of “one rank one pension” of Army Personnel. Mr Dhankar said that it is a matter of pride that Gaurav Patt depicting the names of those who sacrificed their lives for the Nation are being set up in the villages of the State.