Prime Minister Narendra Modi will spend this Diwali with soldiers of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police at Mana post in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. Mana is the last village on Indian territory along the border with China.As part of his visit, he will be visiting some areas near the India-China border. He is also likely to worship at the Badrinath Temple. He will be accompanied by National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval. The ITBP is a specialised mountain force and most of its officers are professionally trained mountaineers and skiers. It was raised on October 24, 1962, to guard the borders from the Karakoram Pass in Ladakh to the Jachep-La in Arunachal Pradesh, covering 3,488km of the Indo-China border and manning outposts at altitudes ranging from 9,000 feet to 18,700 feet in its western, middle and eastern sectors. PM Modi had earlier spent Diwali with soldiers of the Indian Army posted at the world’s highest battlefield of Siachen, as well as the Dogra war memorial at Amritsar. He also made it a point to be in Srinagar before his visit to Siachen in 2014, in solidarity with the flood victims in Jammu and Kashmir.
In run up to Diwali, the Prime Minister had also urged people to send their good wishes to security forces personnel on Diwali, saying such messages will boost their morale.PM Modi’s #Sandesh2Soldiers, a campaign to send Diwali greetings and messages to soldiers guarding the nation’s frontiers, has received massive response from users with many posting their video message on twitter. Interestingly, Modi retweeted most of the tweets wishing Army jawans a ‘Happy and prosperous Diwali’. People are sending messages on the Narendra Modi App, through MyGov.In, and also through All India Radio.
The prime minister, who is leading the campaign, said in a tweet, “I sent my #Sandesh2Soldiers. You could also do the same. Your wishes will certainly make our forces very happy. The campaign started on October 25 will run till Diwali, October 30. According to the PMO, over 10 lakh messages have come — 7 lakh on Facebook, Twitter and MyGov and about 3 lakh on Narendra Modi App. Prominent people who have sent their wishes include Chief Ministers, Union Ministers, film stars, cricketers and other sportspersons. They include Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher, Virat Kohli, Virendra Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh, Sakshi Malik.
मैं सभी नागरिकों से आह्वान करता हूँ कि हम सेना के जवानों को दिवाली का सन्देश भेजकर उनके प्रति हमारे लगाव का अहसास कराएँ : PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) October 24, 2016