Thursday, October 23, 2014

India can celebrate Diwali because of you: Modi tells jawans at Siachen

Last updated on: October 23, 2014 20:09 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday paid a surprise visit to Siachen to celebrate Diwali with soldiers posted at the world's highest battlefield and hailed the role of the armed forces in securing the country.
Before reaching Srinagar, he went to Siachen early in the morning and spent more than an hour with the soldiers at a base camp situated at a height of over 12,000 feet.
He praised their valour and courage, saying that 125 crore Indians could celebrate Diwali today, and go about their lives in comfort, because the jawans stood guard at the borders, prepared to make every sacrifice for the nation.
From the icy heights, he also extended Diwali greetings to President Pranab Mukherjee.
Modi told the jawans that he had come unannounced, and they may be surprised, but one does not need to announce arrival when coming to one's own family.
"I have specially come on the occasion of Diwali to be with you. I am aware how it feels like to spend Diwali with your family. The happiness is different, but you are so involved in the devotion of your motherland that family is spending Diwali somewhere else and you are somewhere else guarding the motherland," he said.
"My coming to this place will not fill the void of your family members, but as a representative of 125 crore people... after being with you I feel proud and satisfied," Modi told the jawans.
This is Modi's first Diwali as Prime Minister which he decided to spend on the 18,875 ft glacier with soldiers braving tough conditions.
He said the issue of armed forces was an "emotional subject" for him and his government was committed to built a National War Memorial.
"How many decades have passed without One Rank One Pension. It was in my destiny that One rank One pension has been fulfilled, and preparations were being made for a National War Memorial, that we could all be proud of. The government is committed to the cause," he said.
Talking about the hardships faced by the armed forces, especially in the tough terrain of Siachen, Modi said he was himself able to witness the precarious conditions the soldiers were working in while making his journey to the icy glacier.
"There is nowhere in the world where soldiers are alert and guarding their motherland at the temperature of -30 and -40 degrees. No one has got the opportunity of guarding their motherland in these conditions," Modi said.
"As a pradhan sewak, I have been able to see the conditions faced by you by my own eyes, experience it. When I reached the heights, the doctors accompanying us were keeping a tab on me... checking my BP and oxygen. This shows that how precarious are conditions you live in," he said.
In the visitors' book, Modi wrote that soldiers in uniform who guarded the nation's frontiers in such difficult conditions were no less than 'rishis' and sages.
"The feeling of pride towards you is because every time, in every condition you are ready to live and die for the country. Today the country has a sound sleep because you are awake day and night. People can lead a life of peace because you face hardships.
"This has been the message of your life. And for this reason, let that be army, air force and navy... the whole country is proud of the armed forces," he said.
"For independence those who fought for freedom and those went to the gallows become immortal. They lived and died for independence. And you are those people who are everyday ready to sacrifice your life to ensure that the freedom remains and people live in peace. This sacrifice is not less. This brings us pride," he added in his address.
Modi noted that while the armed forces are busy guarding the country, it is responsibility of the country and the nation to realise the dreams and aspirations of its soldiers.
"Your dreams and responsibilities are the responsibility of us all. The entire nation stands shoulder to shoulder with you. I want to instill confidence in the jawans of my country who are posted in cantonments or on the border, who are serving or retired that 125 crore people are standing by you... Your dreams and aspirations are dreams and aspirations of this country.
"It is unacceptable to me that you have depend on others for anything after you are out of the force. It is my duty and desire that you and your family live with pride and respect after retirement," Modi said.
Image: Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits officers and jawans of the Indian Armed Forces during his visit to Siachen on the occasion of Diwali. Photograph: PTI Photo

(Source- Rediff.mail)

PM Narendra Modi's Address to Jawans at Siachen: Highlights

PM Narendra Modi's Address to Jawans at Siachen: Highlights
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arriving in Siachen.

SIACHEN:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed jawans at Jammu and Kashmir's Siachen. Here are the highlights of his speech:
  • I am proud to be here among you.
  • Many of our soldiers have been martyred here - some bodies are found after 21 years.
  • We don't know how many such jawans are there whose families are still waiting for their bodies.
  • There hasn't been an instance where there has been a natural calamity and the jawans of the Indian Army have not reached there to help.
  • If you don't see this glacier you can't imagine under what hostile weather and circumstance our jawans are serving the motherland.
  • We have decided to build a national war memorial. 
  • After having served in the Army, if you have to depend on others  - that isn't acceptable.
  • Even after you retire we want you to live with honour and dignity. 
  • Entire nation stands shoulder to shoulder with you.
  • You make it possible for 125 core Indians to celebrate Diwali.
  • Have come to celebrate my first diwali with you as Prime Minister.
  • Your dreams are our responsibility.
  • I am here as a representative of jawans' families.
Story First Published: October 23, 2014 16:00 IST(Source-NDTV News)

PM Modi To Jawans in Siachen: 'Happy Diwali, You Make It Possible for Indians to Celebrate'

PM Modi To Jawans in Siachen: 'Happy Diwali, You Make It Possible for Indians to Celebrate'
PM Narendra Modi sharing sweets with soldiers at Siachen.

SIACHEN:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi spent some time on Thursday morning rallying soldiers at Siachen, the world's highest battlefield, where he made a surprise visit as India celebrated the Diwali festival.

"From the icy heights of the Siachen Glacier & with the brave Jawans & Officers of the Armed Forces, I wish all of you a Happy Diwali," he tweeted to the nation.

PM Modi took a special Indian Air Force aircraft to Siachen and was flown by helicopter to the base camp at about 12,000 feet. Accompanied by Army Chief Dalbir Singh Suhaag, he made an aerial survey of the glacier before interacting with officers and jawans posted at one of the most inhospitable places on earth.

"I have come to spend my first Diwali as prime minister with you. 125 crore Indians can celebrate Diwali today and go about their lives in comfort because the jawans guard the borders, prepared to make every sacrifice for the nation," PM Modi told the troops.

The Prime Minister said he had come unannounced but "one does not need to announce arrival when coming to meet one's own."

In pictures posted on his twitter account, PM Modi was seen mingling with the jawans, sharing sweets and exchanging gifts with them.

Mr Modi, who took office in May, is the first prime minister to visit Siachen in 10 years.

The visit is being seen as a strong message to Pakistan, which has been pressing for the pullout of troops from the glacier since 2012, when 130 Pakistani soldiers died in an avalanche on their side of the slopes. India has been opposing the demand given the strategic importance of the 71-km glacier, where the army has been posted since 1984.

"If you don't see this glacier, you can't imagine the hostile weather and the circumstances under which our jawans are serving the motherland," PM Modi said.

The soldiers posted here were no less than sages, he wrote in the visitors' book at Siachen before leaving for a visit to flood-hit Srinagar.
Story First Published: October 23, 2014 15:34 IST (Source- NDTV News)


Subject: Ultimate Sacrifice.

The soldier stood and faced God,
which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

'Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To faith in me, have you been true?'

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
'No, Lord, I guess I isn’t.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand.

There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

'Step forward now, you soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell.'

Author Unknown~
It's the Military, not the reporter who has given us the freedom of the press. It's the Military, not the poet, who has given us the freedom of speech. It's the Military, not the politicians that ensures our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It's the Military who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag.

If you care to offer the smallest token of recognition and appreciation for the military, please pass this on and pray for our men and women who have served and are currently serving our country and pray for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. 

Warm regards,



Wednesday, 22 October 2014








(Source- Aerial View)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Training for every Central Govt. employee

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Citing importance of Knowledge-Skill and Attitude (KSA) in employees for citizen-centric governance, the government today directed all ministries to hold in-house weekly Training of their Personnel “immediately” to help them perform their work efficiently.

The move comes following a direction from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has emphasised on providing regular training of government employees during a presentation made by Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions.

The objective of the hour-long in-house weekly training is to provide training to all employees of the ministry or department on a regular basis without dislocating their work, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said in its Office Memorandum F.NO.T-17/A/2014-CTP(CSS) d/d 17-10-14.

Click here for the Office Memorandum

(Source-Pay Commission blog)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

PM’s address at the Combined Commanders Conference

Oct 17, 2014

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi addressed the Combined Commanders` Conference 2014 in New Delhi today.
The Prime Minister said that India`s Armed Forces, which represent the world`s largest democracy, were second to none in professionalism, valour, commitment, service and duty. The Armed Forces have always vindicated the faith and confidence that people of India placed in them, whether it is for our nation`s security or for relief in times of natural calamities. He thanked the Armed Forces for their extraordinary service to the people during the floods in Jammu and Kashmir and the cyclone on the East Coast. He paid tribute to the tradition and training that inculcated the highest ideals and professional capabilities in our Armed Forces. The nation`s trust was the biggest strength of our Armed Forces.
The Prime Minister noted that the world was looking at India with renewed interest, confidence and excitement and there was a universal current of expectation from India to emerge not only as one of the poles of the global economy, but also as one of the anchors of regional and global security.
The Prime Minister emphasized that an atmosphere of peace and security was essential to enable India to achieve its goals of economic development. For this purpose, he said, his Government has focused on creating a favourable external environment and on strengthening India`s security.
The Prime Minister outlined India`s key strategic and security challenges and priorities. He also observed that in addition to the familiar challenges, India had to be prepared for a changing world, which demanded new thinking on our part with regard to economic, diplomatic and security policies.
Prime Minister, Shri Modi noted, that “beyond the immediate, we are facing a future where security challenges will be less predictable; situations will evolve and change swiftly; and, technological changes will make responses more difficult to keep pace with. The threats may be known, but the enemy may be invisible. Domination of cyber space will become increasingly important. Control of space may become as critical as that of land, air and sea. Full scale wars may become rare, but force will remain an instrument of deterrence and influencing behavior, and the duration of conflicts will be shorter.”
The Prime Minister assured the Armed Forces of his commitment to provide adequate resources to ensure full defence preparedness, overcome shortages and meet modernization needs. He also asked the defence establishment, including the Armed Forces, to reform procurement processes as also suggest corrective measures to avoid delays in domestic development and production of defence equipment.
The Prime Minister urged the Armed Forces to focus on efficiency and economy in the use of resources and our military assets, including by greater integration and sharing of resources among the Services and draw up long term acquisition plans keeping in view availability of resources, future operational requirements and technology trends.
The Prime Minister also noted, “We should remember that what matters is capability of the force.” He also said, “When we speak of Digital India, we would also like to see a Digital Armed Force,” and asked the Services to give serious thought to upgrade technological skills for effective projection of power by men.
The most important task, Prime Minister observed, was to transform our defence forces. He called for increased jointness and urged the three wings of the Services to work as a team all the way from the lowest levels of the Services to the top. He suggested a number of practical steps to achieve that goal. He also felt that Commanders Conferences should be organized alternately on sea, in forward Army camps and at air bases, and not just in Delhi. Prime Minister also assured the Commanders that he would continue the practice that he had started of meeting the three Chiefs at least once a month.
Outlining his vision of expanding domestic defence industrial base, he stressed the important role that the Services, as users, can play in this, both by committing to targets for domestic procurement and participating in innovation and improvements in domestically produced equipment.
The Prime Minister also mentioned that he attached the highest priority to the welfare of Armed Forces personnel, both during and after their service careers. He assured the Commanders that he would do everything to fulfill the promises made on One Rank One Pension; improving service conditions; and, creating better safety nets and opportunities for services after retirement.
(Source- Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India Site)