JAMMU, JUL 26: Speaker Jammu & Kashmir Legislative Assembly, Kavinder Gupta today paid rich tributes to martyrs of Kargil war saying that their sacrifices will be remembered by the country in all ages to come. “Sacrifices of soldiers, who fought for the pride of the nation will always be remembered by the countrymen for all ages to come,” the Speaker asserted while speaking at a seminar.
The seminar ‘National Security and Role of Indian Armed forces viz-a-viz Citizens of India’ was organized by the Forum for Awareness of National Security (FANS) to mark 18th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas.
Hailing the victory of Indian Army in Kargil war, the Speaker applauded the contribution of Army and other armed forces in protecting the borders. He saluted the valour of soldiers for defending the nation and giving a befitting defeat to the enemy for its evil designs.
Asserting that India has emerged a powerful nation, he said entire credit for what the country has achieved today goes to the soldiers of the country. Felicitating the parents of martyrs and war widows, the Speaker described them as the unsung heroes of the nation. He said that the Government is tirelessly working for the welfare of families of martyrs by launching various schemes and policies.
Meanwhile, a solemn ceremony was held at Nagrota Garrison to commemorate 18th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas. Lt Gen A K Sharma, General Officer Commanding, White Knight Corps paid floral tributes to martyrs and brave soldiers in a wreath laying ceremony held at ‘Ashwamedh Shaurya Sthal’ at Nagrota Garrison. The notes of the bugle playing the ‘Last Post’ were testimony to the valour and supreme sacrifices of martyrs and brought back sombre memories of those days.
The General Officer in his message to the troops, exhorted to rededicate themselves to the nation and excel in all future endeavours. This day is a reminder of sacrifices made by our soldiers towards flushing out infiltrators from our sacred motherland. It was on this day when Indian Army with its inexorable courage, indomitable spirit and irrepressible valour inflicted defeat on Pakistan.
Tiger Division also celebrated 18th Kargil Vijay Diwas, today at ‘Balidan Stambh’ in remembrance of supreme sacrifice of soldiers during Kargil War 1999. Over 350 Officers and jawans including veterans attended the event.
The event commenced with wreath laying ceremony by Major General Sanjeev Kumar Sharma, General Officer Commanding, Tiger Division. All officers and jawans, including veterans paid homage to soldiers, who valiantly fought and laid down their lives to safeguard the sovereignty of the country in the highest traditions of the Army.
168 Infantry Brigade Samba also remembered its brave soldiers, who made the supreme sacrifice and brought glory to the Nation on the occasion of Kargil Vijay Diwas. Commander Military Station Samba, officers and all ranks paid their homage to Kargil martyrs at Samba War Memorial.
The 18th Anniversary commemoration of ‘Kargil Vijay Diwas’ culminated in Drass. The proceedings opened with a solemn wreath laying ceremony at Drass War Memorial led by Lt Gen Devraj Anbu, GOC-in-C Northern Command. Gallantry award winners of Kargil Conflict and next of kins of martyrs, Veer-Naris, senior Army officers and civil dignitaries also paid tributes to martyrs.
Meanwhile the Counter Insurgency Force (Uniform) Headquarters based at Reasi, in a solemn ceremony, paid homage to brave-hearts, who laid down their lives for motherland. Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd. (BPCL), India’s second largest oil marketing company also remembered the sacrifice of Pawan Kumar, who achieved martyrdom during Kargil War in 1999, by felicitating customers and family members of the brave-heart.
While Shaheed Pawan Kumar met martyrdom, BPCL in 2002 commissioned a retail outlet in Kathua by awarding dealership to his widow, Reeta Kumari under the corpus scheme. While the Customers at this Retail Outlet expressed their trust in the business acumen of the dealer, even BPCL did not keep any stone unturned and renovated the Retail Outlet recently by upgrading facilities. Mayank Singh, Area Sales Officer, while welcoming the guests described the Q&Q, Automation and other steps being taken to maintain the sales of the RO. Rajesh Sharma, Territory Manager (Retail) J&K expressed gratitude towards Army’s Welfare Department.