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Modi's new slogan: Seema pe jawan, khet mein kisan

Toufiq Rashid, Hindustan Times  Srinagar, July 05, 2014
First Published: 08:46 IST(5/7/2014) | Last Updated: 09:08 IST(5/7/2014)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for self-reliance in defence production so that the resources used on the import of weapons can be utilised for the welfare of soldiers.

Raising the slogan of “Seema pe jawan, Khet mein kisan”, Modi said it’s the soldiers on the border, the farmer in the field and youth, which are the strength of the country. The PM was addressing over 1,000 soldiers serving in the highaltitude areas along the Line of Control engaged in counterterrorism operations in the Kashmir Valley, on Friday. He commended the army for their selfless service to the cause of national security.

“I am fortunate to have gotten this opportunity to pay tributes to the war heroes. I seek blessings from their souls so that it strengthens my resolve to serve the nation better,” Modi said while paying tributes to the martyrs at the War Memorial of 15 Corps.

Modi said the portion of defence budget spend on the soldiers is very less as a major chunk is used for import of weapons and equipment. He hoped that in the future the country becomes self-reliant in defence production so that the resources can be utilised for the welfare of soldiers and their families.

The PM was briefly apprised of the situation in the valley. However, no security review meeting took place.

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