PM bows to His Holiness Dr. Sree Sree Sree Sivakumara Swamigalu on his Jayanti


The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has bowed to His Holiness Dr. Sree Sree Sree Sivakumara Swamigalu on his Jayanti.

In a tweet, the Prime Minister said, “I bow to His Holiness Dr. Sree Sree Sree Sivakumara Swamigalu on his Jayanti. His innumerable efforts to serve society and care for the poor are widely remembered. We are deeply inspired by his noble thoughts and ideals.”

The ‘High Command’ Government of Puducherry failed on all fronts: PM Modi


Hon’ble PM Shri Narendra Modi addressed a public meeting in Puducherry on March 30, here are the key points of his speech:

  • There is something special about Puducherry that keeps bringing me back here again and again. In the long list of non-performing Congress governments over the years, the previous Puducherry Government has a special place. The ‘High Command’ Government of Puducherry failed on all fronts.
  • I have had a reasonably long experience in politics. I have seen many elections. But, the Puducherry election 2021 is very unique. Do you know why? Because the sitting chief minister has not been given a ticket. So many years of loyalty. Doing wrong translations to impress his leader. Still, no ticket! This clearly shows how much of a disaster his government has turned out to be.
  • Take any sector: Education. Filling of medical seats. Welfare of SC/ ST communities. There was loot and only loot. MLAs belonging to the Congress Party were openly talking about the corruption directly linked to the family of the former Chief Minister. 
  • I have had a reasonably long experience in politics. I have seen many elections. But, the Puducherry election 2021 is unique. Do you know why? Because the sitting Chief Minister has not been given a ticket. So many years of loyalty. Lifting slippers of his leader. Doing wrong translations to impress his leader. Still, no ticket! This clearly shows how much of a disaster his Government has turned out to be.
  • I had shared my vision for Puducherry in one word- BEST. I had said, NDA will work to make Best Puducherry. By Best I mean: Business Hub, Education Hub, Spiritual Hub and Tourism Hub. I see Puducherry playing a key role in the building of an Aatmanirbhar Bharat.
  • When I think of Puducherry I think about Bharathiyar. I think about Sri Aurobindo. I think about Sithanda Swamy and Thollaikkathu Siddhar. I bow in reverence to the Manakula Vinayagar Swamy Temple and the Sreemath Guru Sithanandha Swamigal Devasthanam.
  • Key schemes of NDA Govt have helped the people of Puducherry About 6 thousand houses have been constructed under the PM Awas Yojana. Nearly eight thousand more houses are being made. Under Smart Cities Mission, works worth Rs. 2000 crore are being invested to transform infrastructure here.
  • We shall fulfil your needs. Our track record speaks for itself. Our aim is clear –  Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas.

 

BJP will definitely win over 200 seats in West Bengal: Amit Shah


Hon’ble Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah addressed the media in Nandigram after the mega roadshow on March, 30, here are the key points of his speech:

  • In West Bengal the time has come to end the rule of the Trinamool Congress party which has become synonymous with corruption, fear, terror, and misgovernance. The people of West Bengal have already decided to vote the Bharatiya Janata Party to power in the state. And the proof of it is the overwhelming support that the Bharatiya Janata Party, its candidates and workers are getting all across West Bengal.
  • In Nandigram Didi is surely going to lose the Election. The Bharatiya Janata Party will definitely win over 200 seats in West Bengal. The kind of support and enthusiasm that the people of Nandigram have shown in today’s massive roadshow  has once again ensured that Suvendu Adhikari is going to win in Nandigram with a huge margin.
  • There is no permanent Chief Minister in the eyes of the public because it is the public that makes someone Chief Minister and also dethrones him or her from the chair of Chief Minister. In Nandigram the Bharatiya Janata Party will certainly win this time.
  • Maharashi Aurobindo and Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore dreamt of ‘Sonar Bangla’, and this vision of making’ Sonar Bangla’ can only be fulfilled under the guidance and supervision of Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji. Entire West Bengal electorate is eagerly waiting for its chance to vote for change and to ensure that the Bharatiya Janata Party forms its Government with full majority, and this same thing I have seen and realised in Nandigram also.
  • In Nandigram where Mamata Didi lives, within its 5 km radius a horrific incident of rape has happened recently. I want to ask Mamata Didi who consistently talks about women’s security and safety, when such a gruesome and horrific incident can happen in Nandigram how can women in rest of West Bengal be safe? 
  • A few days back the workers of Trinamool Congress party brutally attacked Mrs Shobha Majumdar, old mother of our Bharatiya Janata Party worker. She was beaten up so mercilessly and brutally that she died due to her grievous injuries.  Still Mamata Didi talks about women safety and security, but the people of West Bengal have clearly understood this dichotomy and false narrative of the Trinamool Congress party and its leader Mamata Banerjee.
  • The people of Nandigram will ensure that Suvendu Adhikari will win with such a huge margin that no leader in future will dare to make false promises and cheat people. Similarly, no leader will ever dare to give false hope that Mamata Banerjee did in the last 10 years by giving a slogan of ‘ Maa, Maati and Maanush’.

 

DMK and Congress will not guarantee women empowerment: PM Modi


Hon’ble PM Shri Narendra Modi addressed a public meeting in Dharapuram, Tamil Nadu on March 30.

Here are the key points of his speech:

  • India takes great pride in the culture of Tamil Nadu. One of the happiest moments of my life was when I got a chance to speak a few words in the oldest language in the world, Tamil, at the United Nations. Inspired by the ideals of MGR and Amma Jayalalithaa Ji, we want to empower the farmers, poor, youngsters and women of Tamil Nadu. We want to boost connectivity and create opportunities here.
  • A vote for NDA is a vote to solve long standing issues. A prime example is the way the decades old demand of the Devendra Kula Vellalar community was solved by our alliance. 
  • On one hand, NDA has our development agenda. On the other hand, the Congress and DMK have their own dynasty agenda. The speeches of their leaders have nothing positive to offer. They hardly talk about their own vision or work. All they do is demean others and spread lies.
  • These days Congress and DMK have launched their outdated 2-G missile. This 2-G missile has one clear target- the women of Tamil Nadu. A few days back, this Missile was launched by UPA with a clear order- to attack the Nari Shakti of Tamil Nadu. I am in a land whose proud sons and daughters never compromised on their ideals and fought against injustice. From here I want to tell Congress and DMK – please control your party leaders. I want to tell the Congress and DMK- the people of Tamil Nadu are noting everything. They will never tolerate insults to the women of the state.
  • Today, Congress and DMK have insulted the respected Mother of Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister. God forbid, if they come to power, they will insult many other women of Tamil Nadu. Sadly, to insult women is a part of the Congress-DMK culture. 
  • A few days back, one of the MLA candidates of DMK Mister Dindigul Leoni made horrible remarks on women. DMK has done nothing to stop him. The young crown prince of DMK, who has sidelined many senior DMK leaders, he too made horrible remarks. DMK has done nothing to stop him.
  • Never forget 25th March 1989. In the Assembly of Tamil Nadu, how did DMK leaders treat Amma Jayalalithaa Ji? DMK and Congress will not guarantee women empowerment. In their rule, crimes against women are up. 
  • We in the NDA are inspired by the thoughts and ideals of the great Andal and Avvaiyar. We believe that the progress of society is not complete without empowerment of women. That is why, all our schemes are aimed at strengthening our Nari Shakti.
  • I want to appreciate the people of the Kongu region for their spirit of enterprise. People from this part of the state have always created wealth and value for the nation. Through last year, the small, medium and big business of this region went out of their way to help others. I am here to assure you all that my Government and me personally are committed to doing everything possible to help business and enterprise grow here.
  • The Government of India has brought in many reforms in the last year. A PLI- Production Linked Incentive scheme was introduced last December. The coming of a Defence Corridor in Tamil Nadu will bring many benefits for the people of this state.
  • The corrupt eyes of the Congress and DMK will never let businesses grow. Like they had done in the past, their local strongmen will be busy in money collection drives.
  • NDA’s priority is the welfare of the small farmer. Our Government has initiated reforms that will free the small farmers from the pressures of middlemen. Measures such as Soil Health Card, Kisan Credit Cards, e-NAM scheme are aimed at empowering farmers.
  • Guided by the Mantra of Per Drop, More Crop, we are helping farmers transform their cultivation methods. Old irrigation structures are being repaired. New ones are being built. The Govt of India has launched Jal Jeevan Mission. The aim is to provide water to all households.

 

Fixed match between UDF and LDF is going to be rejected by Kerala: PM Modi


Hon’ble PM Shri Narendra Modi addressed a public meeting in Palakkad, Kerala on March, 30.

Here are the key points of his speech:

  • I am delighted to be in Palakkad and address my first rally in the state from here. The people of Palakkad have had a close bond with our Party. Today, I have come among you to seek your blessings for the BJP in the upcoming state elections. The fixed match of UDF and LDF is going to be rejected by Kerala. 
  • Over the last few years, the politics of Kerala is seeing a major shift. This shift is being driven by the aspirations of the youth, especially the first time voter in the state. The first time voter of Kerala is very disappointed with LDF and UDF. For many years, the worst kept secret of Kerala politics was the friendly agreement of UDF and LDF. Now, the first time voter of Kerala is asking- what is this match fixing? Five years one loots, five years the other loots.
  • About UDF and LDF, the youth of Kerala is saying: Different name, working same. Both have their marked areas for making money. UDF has not even spared the rays of the sun. About LDF it can be said: Judas betrayed Lord Christ for a few pieces of silver. LDF has betrayed Kerala for a few pieces of gold.
  • The BJP’s vision for Kerala is forward looking and aspirational. That is why, the youth of the state, the professional communities across the state, are openly supporting the BJP. Across India too, this trend is being seen.
  • The high number of road-blocks by UDF and LDF has made the speed of development slower. That is why, the time has come for FAST development in Kerala, which BJP promises. By FAST, what I mean is: F for Fisheries and Fertilizers. A for Agriculture and Ayurveda. S for Skill development and Social justice. T for Tourism and Technology.
  • Our Government is undertaking many steps for the growth of agriculture and the welfare of farmers. For many years, Governments promised MSP hike but it was our Government that had the honour of raising the MSP for farmers. 
  • Kerala is blessed with many talented youngsters. Our Government’s skill development efforts are aimed at furthering youth empowerment. After the NDA took office at the Centre, more IITs have been built, more ITIs have been built.
  • Kerala and tourism have a close link. Sadly, UDF and LDF have not done much to improve tourism infrastructure here. When we work towards improving connectivity and building road infrastructure, it will naturally boost tourism. In the last seven years, India has improved its position in the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Rankings.
  • There is one important topic on which I want to speak on from this land of Palakkad. It is about the LDF and UDF’s direct attack on Kerala’s culture. These parties are ashamed of the culture of our land. Their leaders abuse our traditions and ethos. The LDF Government should be ashamed of showering Lathis on innocent devotees. UDF should be ashamed of remaining silent when this was happening. I am proud to belong to a Party that has, is and will always defend the culture of our land.
  • I want to tell the LDF & UDF: Your lathis will not scare us. If you abuse our culture, we will not be silent spectators. Our state unit President Surendran Ji was arrested and ill-treated by the Kerala Government. What was his crime? That he spoke for Kerala’s traditions?
  • I want to talk about the issue of political killings across Kerala. Left parties have been in power many times here. But their leaders still behave like junior level goons or party leaders. Under their eyes & with their blessings, political rivals are killed, hacked, beaten. This is not good in a democracy. In a democracy we can have political differences. But, violence is not acceptable. So many of our young BJP Karyakartas have lost their lives. A BJP Government in Kerala will stop this culture of violence.
  • The youth of Kerala want change. BJP assures that change. Thus, when you vote on the 6th, vote for good governance and development, Vote for a government that guarantees peace and prosperity. Vote for BJP.

 

PM visits Hari Mandir and attends Community Reception at Orakandi


Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on the second day of his two-day visit to Bangladesh sought blessings at the Hari Mandir in Orakandi and interacted with the descendants of revered Thakur family.

Prime Minister also addressed the representatives of the Matua community at Orakandi, from where Sri Sri Hari chand Thakur ji disseminated his pious message of social reforms. Prime Minister underlined that both India and Bangladesh want to see the progress of the whole world, through their development and their progress. Both countries want stability, love and peace in place of instability, terror and unrest in the world. The same values were given to us by Sri Sri Hari Chand Thakur Ji.

Prime Minister underlined that today, India is moving forward with the mantra of ‘SabkaSaath, Sabka Vikas and Sabka Vishwas’, and Bangladesh is ‘ShohoJatri’ in it. At the same time, Bangladesh is presenting a strong example of development and change in front of the world and India is Bangladesh’s ‘ShohoJatri’ in these efforts.

Prime Minister made several announcements including upgrading the existing middle school for girls at Orakandi and to set up a primary school as well. Prime Minister also mentioned that every year a large number of people travel from India to Orakandi to participate in ‘BaruniSnan’ on occasion of the birth anniversary of Shri Shri Hari Chand Thakur and more efforts would be made to ease their travel.

Both, LDF and UDF are synonyms of corruption: Jagat Prakash Nadda


Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National president Jagat Prakash Nadda today addressed a public meeting in Thodupuzha Municipal Ground, Thodupuzha (Kerala) and attacked the Left Democratic Front (LDF) and the United Democratic Front (UDF) for their divisive and corrupt politics in Kerala. He is leading four massive roadshows in Dharmadom from Nalampeedika to Chakkarakkal, in Manalur from Vadanappally to Kanjani, in Nemom from Kaimanam to Pappanamcode and in Vattiyoorkavu from Ambalamukku to Peroorkada, today.

Key points: 

  • Both, Left Democratic Front (LDF) and United Democratic Front (UDF) are synonyms of corruption and it’s time for the people of Kerala to get rid of them. People should understand the corrupt politics of UDF and LDF. People are fed up with the corruption of the LDF Govt. My gratitude to the people of the state for showing their faith & support in huge numbers for BJP.
  • Today, the first phase of the Legislative Assembly elections in West Bengal and Assam is being voted. Today, the way violence has been done by the Trinamool Congress on the election day, we condemn it. This is unfortunate. BJP is going to form a full majority government with more than 200 seats in West Bengal. In Assam, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will register a thumping victory again and with more seats than the last elections.
  • Kerala has been ruined by the UDF and LDF who have given governments known for rampant corruption. While one Chief Minister’s love for gold is well known another Chief Minister has earned ‘fame’ for solar energy projects. When I speak about corruption, the Solar scam in the UDF government gets associated with Saritha Nair and when I discuss the Gold Scam in LDF, it gets attached to Swapna Suresh. The CM office of Kerala is involved in the Gold Scam.
  • At one time it was Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan who said that the Central agencies should investigate the gold scam. But when the agencies started an investigation and it reached the CM’s office, they started saying that the Central government has started acting through central agencies.
  • It is very interesting to note that at this point in time elections are also going on in West Bengal. How confused and ideologically diluted both the political parties have become. Here in Kerala, the LDF and the UDF, the Congress and the CPI (M) fight against each other, on the other hand, in West Bengal, the Congress and the CPI (M) are hand in glove and are fighting the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Trinamool Congress.
  • You can understand the extent of the ideological crisis these parties are facing and only to oppose the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). It is our Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi who has given special attention to God’s own country, Kerala.
  • In the Sabarimala issue, the BJP is consistent and fighting tooth and nail for the cause. But the CPI(M) and CM tried to crush the agitation. The Congress on the other hand only did lip service. I would like to remind you that during the stampede at Sabarimala and many people died, the then Prime Minister, Shri Manmohan Singh did not come to Kerala. However, after the tragedy at the Puttingal Devi Temple when 200 people dies, our Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi was here in Kerala within three hours to take care of the people and he appointed me, as I was the Union health Minister then, to come here with a team of doctors from the Air India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). I stayed here for one week taking care of the patients. This is the human age that Narendra Modi ji has.
  • In the Sabarimala issue, it is only the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Its our President Shri Surendran, Shri Padmanabhan, who fought tooth and nail for the cause of Sabarimala. But at that point the then chief minister tried to crush the agitation and not only that Congress did lip service and now they are saying that ordinance is about to come. I would like to say that in the coming time the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will be a force to reckon with and the BJP will decide the fate of Kerala and issues of importance and faith like Sabarimala.
  • In Kerala the Constitutional authorities are being threatened and attacked as we recently witnessed with the CAG in which the Assembly Speaker played a very negative role and tarnished the image of his office.
  • The LDF govt also mismanaged Covid cases as we see rapid rise in Corona cases  in Kerala. Nepotism, atrocities on women and dalits have been increased under Pinarayi Vijayan govt in Kerala.
  • During the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government at the Centre during the 13th Finance Commission Kerala used to get approx Rs. 44,000 crore from the Centre, but under the Narendra Modi government this amount has gone up several times and now Kerala in the next five year under the 14 Finance Commission will get Rs. 2 lakh crore for the socio-economic development of Kerala.
  • The BJP government is giving a lot of impetus to development, like the 1,760 km long Kanyakumari-Mumbai economic corridor, which is going to give several lakhs of jobs to the youth. It is being made with a cost of Rs 50,000 crores. This corridor will further improve the living conditions of the people and will also lead to prosperity in south India and will also lead to prosperity in south India making it Atma Nirbhar and adding another development paradigm in India’s journey to also become Atmanirbhar. Special attention has been given for Metros, National Highway and Kerala has been made the hub for refineries. Approximately ₹16,000 crore has been allocated to develop the refineries and gas pipeline. In recent past, six mega projects have been sanctioned and commenced in Kerala with an investment of Rs. 12000 crore which includes six-laning of many highways including Azhiyur – Vengalam section and also construction of Kozhikode bypass and many important new bridges on the highways in the state. Rs. 1000 crore has been given for the smart cities. Rs 3,000 crore have been spent for 450 kms of Natural Gas Pipeline from Kochi to Mangalore . The Bharat Petroleum refinery is being reconstructed.
  • Under the Ujjwala Yojna scheme 8 crore free cooking gas connections were given to women, which includes 2.5 lakh connections in Kerala thus leading to women empowerment. The Narendra Modi government distributed 36 crore LED bulbs across India of which 1.54 lakhs LED bulbs were distributed in Kerala.  Under the Swachh Bharat Mission over 11 crore toilets were constructed across India of which 2 lakh toilets were constructed in Kerala thus making the state open defecation free (ODF). Which means that 12 lakh homes in Kerala were without toilets before 2014 due to which women and children had to face major problems, but now they can live their lives with honour and dignity. Under the Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme 2 crore farmers were benefitted across India of which 37 lakh farmers across Kerala got Rs 6000 per year which provided them relief during the Corona crisis. Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji inaugurated the country’s first full-fledged international cruise terminal, Sagarika at Cochin Port and Marine Engineering Training Institute of Cochin Shipyard Ltd on Feb 15, 2021.
  • The Narendra Modi government also started Ayushman Bharat Yojana, the world’s largest health coverage programme including 50 crore people across India covering 40 per cent of the country’s population, which is the combined population of America, Canada and Mexico. Under the Ayushman Bharat Yojna which provides Rs 5 lakh as annual health benefit more than 1.5 crore people have been benefited.
  • The BJP-led NDA Government has always given special focus and attention to the growth and development of Kerala. Under the dynamic leadership of Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji, Kerala is taking fast strides towards prosperity and development.
  • People of Kerala will also not forgive the Congress for not taking any stand on Sabarimala issue and even Rahul Gandhi did not utter a word, who is now trying to fool people by saying that they will bring resolution.
  • New Kerala has to come with Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi and we will go forward. We will see chase. We want to see a change in the health sector, we want to see a change in the education sector, we want to see a change in the living conditions of the women, the poor, the farmers and the downtrodden. We knew we did not have a government here, we knew we did not get votes from here, we knew that we did not have support from her, but Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi’s support to God’s own curry and to the people of God’s own country was always there and will be always there.
  • We have increased our vote share in Kerala from 5% to 16% and further to 18%. We need your Ashirvadam to uproot the LDF & the UDF. They are playing musical chairs in Kerala. They do not want the development of the people of Kerala.
  • Our manifesto focuses on Kerala’s holistic development with provisions for jobs, terror and hunger-free state, law on Sabarimala, and infrastructure boost.
  • I find that people feel afraid because of the criminal politics of the CPI (M) which is going on for a long time. Time has come to shed away the fears and come forward and vote for the BJP.

PM pays homage at the Mausoleum of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman


Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on the second day of his two-day visit to Bangladesh paid tribute at the Mausoleum of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in Tungipara. This marked the first ever visit by any foreign Head of State or Head of Government to pay homage at Bangabandhu Mausoleum Complex. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi planted a Bakul tree sapling to commemorate this historic event. His counterpart, Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina accompanied by her sister Sheikh Rehana was also present.

Prime Minister Modi also signed the visitor book at the Mausoleum complex. He wrote- “The life of Bangabandhu epitomized the freedom struggle of the people of Bangladesh for their rights, for the preservation of their inclusive culture and their identity.”

PM performs Pooja at Jeshoreshwari Kali Shaktipeeth


Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi Started the second day of his two-day visit to Bangladesh by taking the blessings of Goddess Kali. Prime Minister performed pooja at the Jeshoreshwari Kali Shaktipeeth in Satkhira, which is one of the 51 Shaktipeeths in the Puranic tradition. Prime Minister also placed handmade mukut, made of silver with gold plating on Goddess kali. This mukut was handmade over three weeks by a local artisan.

Extending a hand of friendship, Prime Minister announced grant for construction of a community hall-cum cyclone shelter attached to the temple. This structure would be used by the devotees during the Annual Kali Pooja and Mela of the temple and would also be used by broader community of all faiths as a storm shelter and community facility.

Foreign Minister of Bangladesh calls on Prime Minister


Foreign Minister of Bangladesh, Dr A.K. Abdul Momen called on Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, during the historic two-day visit of Prime Minister to Bangladesh. Both the Leaders reflected on deepening the fraternal ties and strengthening the all-encompassing partnership based on sovereignty, equality, trust and understanding that transcends a strategic partnership between the two countries.

Prime Minister Visits National Martyrs’ Memorial, Bangladesh


Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, soon after his arrival on a two day visit to Bangladesh visited the National Martyrs’ Memorial (JatiyoSritiShoudho), the National monument of Bangladesh to pay tributes to the valour and the sacrifice of those who gave their lives in the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971. The monument is located in Savar, about 35 km north-west of  Dhaka and was designed by Syed Mainul Hossain.

Prime Minister also planted sapling of Arjun tree at the memorial premises and signed the visitor’s book in the monument. He wrote – “I pray that the eternal flame at Savar remains a lasting reminder of the noble victory of truth and courage over deceit and oppression.”

Raksha Mantri and his Korean counterpart meet to strengthen bilateral defence partnership


Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh and Minister of Defence of Republic of Korea (RoK) Mr Suh Wook successfully concluded their bilateral talks on defence cooperation in New Delhi on March 26, 2021. The defence and security engagements between India and RoK have grown exponentially over the last few years. Latest talks explored new domains of bilateral defence cooperation and avenues to strengthen the long-standing bilateral defence partnership.

Shri Rajnath Singh and Mr Suh Wook acknowledged that the bilateral defence cooperation has broadened significantly in scale and scope across Tri-Service as well as agencies dealing with defence technology and industry. Both the countries have also found common ground on several multilateral fora and engagements.

Both the Ministers exchanged views on the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the defence and security engagements as well as best practices followed by the Armed Forces of both nations. Shri Rajnath Singh lauded stellar contribution of RoK in the pandemic mitigation efforts.

They reaffirmed their support to multilateral initiatives to promote lasting peace and stability in the region and beyond. As brought out by the Raksha Mantri during his interaction with his counterpart, the bilateral relations between both the countries are set to grow further and the meeting between them will give it the necessary impetus to take it to the next level.

The Ministers also expressed satisfaction over the commitment exhibited by diverse agencies of both countries to sustain structured annual dialogues at various levels of leadership through virtual means when travel and physical engagements became increasingly challenging during the ongoing pandemic. This has kept up the momentum of bilateral defence engagements. The Armed Forces of both countries hope to approach 2021 with renewed confidence.

Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria, Chief of Army Staff General M M Naravane, Secretary (Defence Production) Shri Raj Kumar and Secretary Department of Defence R&D and Chairman Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) Dr G Satheesh Reddy formed part of the Indian delegation during the talks.

Earlier, Shri Rajnath Singh and Mr Suh Wook jointly inaugurated the India-Korea Friendship Park in a ceremony to mark the occasion at Delhi Cantonment. The park is a symbol of close relations between both the countries and acknowledges the contribution of the Indian Army’s Medical Mission during the Korean War. The presence of distinguished guests from the Korean War Veterans Association during the inauguration ceremony was an acknowledgement of the event. Both the Ministers planted a sapling each to mark the momentous occasion. Mr Suh Wook felicitated Korean War Veterans Association of India General Secretary Shri Anil Malhotra on the occasion.