On the occasion of Independence Day Shri Narendra Modi visited the BSF Jawans at the Dharamshala Border Post at the India-Pakistan border in Kutch. Shri Narendra Modi is in Kutch to attend the state level Independence Day Celebrations. On the occasion Shri Narendra Modi dedicated a war memorial and a water supply pipeline on the occasion. Shri Narendra Modi profusely lauded the contribution of the BSF in safeguarding the borders of the nation. He said that is a matter of immense pride that these Jawans are ready to fight for the Tricolour in every circumstances, including in this desert district of Kutch.
The water pipeline project that Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated is 27.50 kms long and is built at a cost of Rs. 8.27 crore. The pipeline will bring the water of the Narmada and will permanently solve the drinking water issues of the BSF Jawans, said Shri Modi. The pipeline will reach the further most post at the India-Pakistan border.
Speaking about the war memorial, Shri Modi said that this was one pledge of his, dedicated to all the brave soldiers who sacrifice their lives for the nation. The war memorial has been built at a cost of Rs. 85 lakhs.
In a time when the security of the nation is under immense threat, Shri Modi spoke out against the decision of the Central Government that has withdrawn the BSF’s right to retaliate at the India-Bangladesh border. Shri Modi affirmed that it is the right of every soldier to have the honour to fight for the country and demanded that this order preventing them to do so must be immediately withdrawn by the Centre.
Shri Modi announced that the Gujarat Government has waived off the VAT on those commodities that are available at the canteen for the Jawans.
Present on the occasion were Chief Secretary Shri Varesh Sinha, BSF Gujarat IGP Shri AK Sinha, IG Shri AS Rathore, DIG Shri MPS Bhati, Commandant Shri KS Johal, Water Supply Board Member Secretary Shri Mahesh Singh among other dignitaries.