Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, on Saturday, hailed the contribution of the armed forces in transforming the image of India across the world, saying countrymen sleep peacefully because brave Indian soldiers are awake on the borders.
”Due to the selfless devotion and sacrifices of the armed forces personnel, our citizens feel safe and walk with their heads held high. Our brave soldiers have made a huge contribution to transforming India’s image across the world to that of a powerful and respectful nation. You all are the protectors of our unity and integrity. You are the assets to the nation,” he said addressing a function on the occasion of the 7th Armed Forces Veterans’ Day in Dehradun.
Rajnath Singh expressed gratitude to the soldiers who have protected the sovereignty, unity and integrity of the country with unmatched courage and sacrifice and paid rich tributes to those who laid down their lives in the line of duty.
He made a special mention of the freedom fighters, soldiers and veterans of Uttarakhand, who have displayed indomitable courage and dedication to safeguard national interests.
The defence minister was of the view that pension, medical and other facilities being provided to the veterans were just a small token of the country’s respect towards the sacrifices and commitment they have made, assuring them of the government’s full support for their welfare. “Every soldier of today is a respected veteran of tomorrow. It is our duty to ensure their well-being and satisfaction,” he said.
Reiterating the government’s commitment to ensure the welfare of ex-servicemen, he spoke about the launch of a Defence Pension Grievance Redressal portal for the speedy resolution of complaints of ex-servicemen. He also mentioned the ‘Maa Bharati ke Sapoot’ website, launched in October last year, stating that people can contribute to the Armed Forces Battle Casualties Welfare Fund through the portal. He termed it as an important medium to connect the citizens with the welfare efforts of ex-servicemen.
Earlier, at a solemn wreath-laying ceremony, Rajnath dedicated Shaurya Sthal in Dehradun Cantonment to the armed forces.