Kargil saga will motivate generations to come: CM

ibune News Service

Shimla, July 26

"The Kargil War is a symbol of valour and bravery of the Indian soldiers and on this Kargil Vijay Diwas we salute the brave soldiers of our armed forces," said Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur. He presided over the Kargil Vijay Diwas function at Gaiety Theatre here today.

Thakur said that this victory saga was written 22 years ago at the peaks of Kargil and it would continue to motivate the generations to come. He added that in 1999, after Pakistanis infiltrated into Indian mountain peaks, the Indian soldiers initiated the Operation Vijay against them on May 8 and it went on till 26 July, 1999.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur honours the family members of the Kargil War martyrs at Gaiety Theatre in Shimla on Monday. Tribune photo

He said that the victory achieved during the Operation Vijay was the victory of the bravehearts of the country. He added that those who safeguard the lives of the future generations are always remembered for their gallantry. During the war, 527 brave soldiers were martyred and more than 1,300 were injured.

He said that Himachal is known as 'Vir Bhumi' and has always followed the tradition of courage and sacrifice.

The Chief Minister said that of 527 soldiers martyred during the Kargil War, 52 were from Himachal and of four Param Vir Chakra awardees two were from the state. Captain Vikram Batra was one such braveheart from Himachal Pradesh's Palampur, who sacrificed his life for the country. He said that Havildar Sanjay Kumar of Bilaspur district was also honoured with Param Vir Chakra for his gallantry during the Kargil War.

He said that it was a matter of great pride for Himachal Pradesh that till date the state had received 1,096 gallantry awards and 1,246 soldiers of the state had made the supreme sacrifice for the country. Thakur said that under a special scheme of the Union Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, a provision for providing petrol stations and gas agencies had been made for the dependents of the martyred soldiers of the Kargil War and other military operations.

Earlier, the Chief Minister honoured the family members of Kargil war martyrs.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service

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