Updates: PM Narendra Modi addresses officers in Leh

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Leh, Aug 12: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here on Tuesday on his maiden visit to inaugurate two hydro-power projects in the Ladakh region and a 330 km Leh-Srinagar transmission line.

4.15 pm: Modi addresses officers in Leh

PM Narendra Modi, while addressing officers in Leh said armed forces are facing more casualties from terrorism than from war. Sending out a stern message to Pakistan, Modi said that 'Pakistan was waging a proxy terror war against India.'

He said: "Pakistan can't fight a conventional war."

1.05 pm: We want to take development in this region forward, says Modi

Speaking to the people here Modi said: "Whether Leh or Northeast, my path to improving the life of people is through progress. It is our responsibility to connect people of Kargil with the rest of India."

Laying emphasis on the agricultural sector in the region Modi said that we must strengthen our farmers and cultivators in Kashmir with better technology facilities. "About 20 per cent people of Jammu and Kashmir are displaced, we will take all possible steps for their rehabilitation."

Speaking of corruption, Modi said: "In my government, I won't let officials ask for bribes or let people give bribes." 

12.54 pm: PM addresses gathering in Kargil

Addressing a gathering here, PM Modi said 'It is my privilege that I am able to come here and meet all of you in Kargil.' Modi said: "The day we recaptured Tiger hill is still vivid in my memory. The patriotism of the people of Kargil inspires the people of India. I bow to this land and to the people."

Speaking to the people here he said that power reaching Kargil is for industrial progress. Urging the youth in the region, Modi said: "I am sure the youth here can work hard, earn money and feed their families."

Speaking of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Modi said that it was Atal Bihari Vajpayee wanted progress in the region. "My government is committed to improving the connectivity to Kashmir. Power is not only for televisions and mobile phones, it's to power industries in Kashmir."

12.44 pm: PM to inaugurate 44MW Chutak power station project

PM Narendra Modi,CM Omar Abdullah on stage for the inauguration of the 44MW Chutak power station project

12.25 pm: PM Narendra Modi reaches Kargil

After addressing a gathering in Leh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Kargil.

10.55 am: Modi says need to modernise the production of Pashmina Shawls

Focussing on the production of Pashmina shawls, Modi said that we will modernise the design and production of Pashmina shawls. Modi spelt out 3P's strategy for Leh- Prakash, Paryavaran and Paryatan.

Modi said that the production of saffaron will be a big boost to the region. "We need to bring a saffron revolution and that is giving impetus to Kesar," he said. Modi said that he was very attached to this place and the people over here.

Calling to put an end to the corruption, Modi said that there was no dearth of wealth in the country. "We need to fight against the corruption and need to distribute the wealth amongst the poor.

Modi said: "Peanut vendor, chaiwallah, horse wallah, the poorest will earn from tourism. Centre and CM Omar ji had an ongoing feud over interest on foodgrains sent to FCI. I announce waiver of the 60 crores."

10.43 am: You won't have to borrow light from others, you will have your own light, says PM Modi

Speaking to the people here Modi said: "We have put Leh at the focus of our solar energy initiatives." Modi said that government is committed to ensure swift development of Leh and Ladakh.  Urging for better development in the region he said we must think afresh on the development of Himalayan states.

Praising the people of Ladakh he said: "The patriotism of the people here(Leh-Ladakh) is an example for the rest of the country.I salute you."

10.37 am: Narendra Modi addresses gathering in Leh

PM Modi, in the regional attire of the Ladakh region, starts his address in Leh. Speaking to the people here he said 'after a very long time this place is seeing such a large gathering of people.' He said: "I understand the problems people face here, I also understand the strengths of the people here."

Modi said: "There was a time when PMs never visited this state. I have come here two times already."

Before addressing the people, Modi inaugurated power transmission line linking Leh, Kargil and Srinagar.

10.30 am: Omar Abdullah addresses the gathering

This region is one of the most beautiful regions in the world,but people here have problems, says Omar Abdullah.

10.20 am: Piyush Goyal addresses gathering

Power minister Piyush Goyal speaking at the foundation stone laying ceremony of a Hydro-Power Project.

10.17 am:

PM Narendra Modi arrives on stage in Leh-

10.12 am: Narendra Modi addresses soldiers in Leh

Narendra Modi addresses soldiers in Leh, assures them that a war memorial will be made. "There will be no compromise on Siachen," Modi said.

10.00 am:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Leh.

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