Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday addressed a massive rally in Rajasthan's Churu district wherein he spoke about the sacrifices of the Indian security forces and how the One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme is providing the necessary benefits to the soldiers who protect the country on the border. Addressing the rally, PM Modi also spoke about the state-of-the-art National War Memorial, which was inaugurated in New Delhi on Monday as a fitting tribute to the Indian security forces.
"On this important day, this Prime servant salutes those who serve the country, who work for the development of the country. Yesterday, you must have been that after 70 years of independence, the National War Memorial was dedicated to the nation and to those who served the nation. This is even more relevant for Churu because many brave sons from your land sacrificed their lives for the country. Many youths from this land are standing strong for the protection of the nation at the border. Therefore, I salute you people. We promised to provide One Rank One Pension to the families of the martyred soldiers. I am happy that more than 20 lakh families of the soldiers have been benefited by OROP. After the functioning of this programme, the government has distributed Rs 35,000 crore to families of soldiers. For us, the country is above all," said PM Modi at Churu rally.
Earlier on Monday, addressing the gathering of Ex-Servicemen at Major Dhyan Chand Stadium in New Delhi, he spoke about the commitment that the government had delivered to the nation - One Rank One Pension:
"You are witness that OROP hasn't just been initiated, but Rs 35,000 crore has been disbursed. Accordingly, the government's pension budget has increased to Rs. 1.12 lakh crore", the Prime Minister had said, reminding those assembled that a previous government had claimed that OROP would only entail an expenditure of Rs 500 crore.
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Meanwhile, the Indian forces on Tuesday morning avenged the Pulwama terror attack by destroying the Jaish terror bases in Pakistan with the help of IAF's 12 Mirage 2000 jets which dropped 1000 kg of bombs on the JeM launchpads.
Just 785 kilometers away from Pakistan, at Tonk in Rajasthan on 23 February 2019, PM Modi had issued a warning to Pakistan in clear terms and said “Duniya bhar mai inka dana paani band hona chahiye ki nahi hona chahiye, saathiyon aapka yeh Pradhan Sevak isi kaam mai juta hai” (All around the world, shouldn't their water be stopped? Your Pradhan Sevak is working on this only), in the aftermath of the dastardly Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF Jawans were martyred. Churu, where PM Modi addressed the rally on Tuesday, is just 592 kilometers from the enemy.
As per inputs, over 245 foot-soldiers and terrorists have been neutralised in the Indian Air Force's strike, particularly at the Balakot terror training camp of the Jaish-e-Mohammed, Lashkar-e-Toiba and Hizb-ul-Mujahideen. Sources confirmed that the Prime Minister had supervised the operation and was monitoring it from the situation room in South Block.