Rajnath Singh presented cheques of Rs 7 lakh to each ‘Veer Nari’. Thirteen soldiers, who got injured in the tragedy, were also felicitated during the event.
Kolkata: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday felicitated the ‘Veer Naris’ of the Armed Forces personnel, who lost their lives in a recent landslide at Tupul in Manipur.
The felicitation ceremony was organised at Bengdubi Military Station in Darjeeling district of West Bengal by the Trishakti Corps. Thirty personnel — one officer, three Junior Commissioned Officers and 26 Other Ranks — of the 107 Infantry Battalion (Territorial Army) 11 Gorkha Rifles were among the 61 killed during the tragedy in June.
Singh presented cheques of Rs seven lakh to each ‘Veer Nari’. Thirteen soldiers, who got injured in the tragedy, were also felicitated during the event.
During the interaction with the ‘Veer Naris’ and soldiers, Rajnath Singh paid tributes to the deceased personnel, commending their bravery and dedication. He said the nation will always remain indebted to the sacrifices made by the soldiers.
He added that the government is making sure that financial stability is provided to the families and dependents of the soldiers and assured full support of the Ministry of Defence. Singh lauded the Armed Forces for playing an important role in completing the Jiribam-Tupul-Imphal Rail Line Project in a challenging situation. He said, “The project is important for meeting the strategic and socio-economic needs of the country.”
Member of Parliament, Darjeeling Raju Bista, Chief of the Army Staff General Manoj Pande, GOC, 111 Sub Area Lt Gen Tarun Kumar Aich and other senior officials of the Indian Army were present on the occasion.