Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrates Diwali with the troops of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Indian Army and Dogra Scouts personnel in Sumdo, Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh and Mana. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval accompaned the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his trip to Mana, located at an altitude of about 10,000 feet.
For Diwali preparation Director General of the force, Krishna Chowdhary was scheduled to reach Mana on Saturday while the Prime Minister was expected to fly to the post on Sunday afternoon.
PM Modi met jawans of the ITBP, Indian Army and Dogra Scouts in Sumdo, Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh. pic.twitter.com/Ah0Sd4Qmir— ANI (@ANI_news) October 30, 2016
The visit is in line with Modi’s tradition of spending Diwali with the armed forces. PM Modi's first Diwali after taking over as PM in 2014 was with soldiers at Siachen, the world’s highest battlefield.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has recently launched #Sandesh2Soldiers campaign to pay respect to India’s Armed Forces for their hard work and sacrifice.
“The great respect and admiration that the nation has for our Armed Forces, will find expression this festive season, through a unique campaign being led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” an official release said.
The #Sandesh2Soldiers campaign is especially designed to give every citizen an opportunity to spread happiness and cheer among the Indian Armed Forces, who are guarding our nation’s frontiers, far from their loved ones on Diwali.
People can send messages to soldiers on the Narendra Modi App, through MyGov.in, and also through All India Radio. Doordarshan shall also be mounting a programme to share people’s emotions with the Armed Forces.
The #Sandesh2Soldiers campaign is expected to generate increased interaction between the people and the Armed Forces. Since becoming Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has spent both Diwalis with the Armed Forces.
PM Modi further stated that Crores lit ‘diyas’ for jawans which includes film superstars, sports personalities, politicians, businessmen, and farmers.
PM Modi offers sweets to ITBP, Indian Army and Dogra Scouts personnel in Sumdo, Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh.
— ANI (@ANI_news) October 30, 2016
Watch: He also spoke to Jawans about of ‘One Rank One Pension’.