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Leh: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday reached Leh and inaugurated Leh-Srinagar transmission line and Nimmo-Bazgo hydro electric project. He suggested three Ps for Leh - paryavaran (environment), paryatan (tourism) and prakash (power).
"We have put Leh at the focus of our solar energy initiatives like Gujarat. We are going to fulfil the dream of Atal Bihari Vajpayee," Modi said, dressed in the local Leh costume, at the hydro-power launch event.
Talking about strengthening tourism in Kashmir, Modi said, "The government is committed to developing tourism here. There will be saffron revolution in Jammu and Kashmir. We need to bring a saffron revolution and that is giving impetus to Kesar. Special attention should be placed to farmers."
Modi, who is on his first visit to Leh and Kargil after assuming office, also addressed soldiers in Leh and assured them that a National War Memorial will be built.
He condemned the continuing proxy war by Pakistan. He said that the neighbouring country has lost the strength to fight a conventional war, but continues to engage in the proxy war of terrorism. The Prime Minister said that the Indian Armed Forces are suffering more casualties from terrorism than from war. He said that this is a global problem and all humanitarian forces of the world should unite to fight it. India is committed to strengthening and uniting these humanitarian forces.
Modi said that India is committed to strong armed forces, well-equipped with modern arms and technology. In an emotional vein, Modi said soldiers remain undeterred in spite of the struggles that their families face in day-to-day life. He said that this energy and sense of duty inspires him and therefore, he keeps visiting soldiers on the border to seek inspiration.
The Prime Minister mentioned provisions made in the recent Union Budget towards the modernization and welfare of the armed forces, including 'One Rank One Pension'.