Mr Narendra Modi met hundreds of officers and jawans at the Base camp at about 12,000 feet, and told them that he had come unannounced but that there should be no surprise as he was with his own family. He greeted everybody he could and shared sweets, adding he was also representing the families of those serving in Siachen.
It was Mr Modi’s first Diwali as Prime Minister, and he said it was his privilege to spend it with “partly with the jawans at Siachen, and partly with those affected by the floods in Srinagar .” He paid rich tributes to the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force, and recalled the immense contribution made by the Armed Forces during the recent floods in Srinagar.
The Prime Minister was accompanied by Army Chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag and was received by Lt Gen B S Negi, GOC of Leh based 14 Corps.
He said one has to witness first-hand the conditions at the icy heights of Siachen to appreciate the hardship that the jawans go through.