Bandipora (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], Oct. 19 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is celebrating Diwali with army and Border Security Force troops in the Gurez Valley here, said the One Rank One Pension Scheme will be rolled out in stages.
"It is my desire to implement this scheme which has been pending for long now. Unfortunately, we don't have so much money. The implementation of this will be done in stages. The government is committed to the welfare and the betterment of the armed forces in every way possible," he told the personnel on the occasion of Diwali.
Prime Minister Modi, who is known for spending this day with different sections of the armed forces each year, said he considered them his 'family'.
"The uniform has immense respect, be it the Army, Navy or Air Force. Like any other person, I too would love to spend my Diwali with near and dear ones. And that's why I'm here, as you are my family" he said.
Lauding the troops for their efforts and sacrifice in guarding the nation, Prime Minister Modi highlighted the extreme weather conditions under which the troops operate and said he gets new energy while spending time among the soldiers.
Prime Minister Modi also appreciated the troops for regularly practicing yoga, adding that once they choose to retire, they could mould themselves into excellent yoga teachers.
Ahead of India's 75th year of Independence in 2022, the Prime Minister encouraged the soldiers to innovate so that their routine tasks and duties become easier and safer. He also mentioned how best innovations are now being recognised and awarded on the occasion of Army Day, Navy Day, and Air Force Day.
"If we all take a resolution and work on it, then 125 crore Indians will bring India ahead by 125 crore steps by 2022, the 75th year of Independence," said Prime Minister Modi.
Later, he was seen exchanging sweets and greetings with the troops.