Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman assures the country that the borders are “fully secure” and Indian Armed Forces are fully prepared to face any situation put upon them. Under the BJP government security of the people is “guaranteed”.
Commenting on repeated ceasefire violations by Pakistan, she said the Indian Armed Forces were fully alert and prepared to deal with “any situation” and added that action would be taken.
Sitharaman was speaking at an event organized by the Cantonment Board here at the Banaras Hindu University’s (BHU) Swatantrata Bhawan.
On the occasion, she gave open defecation-free (ODF) certificates to 10 cantonments of the Central Command of the Indian Army, including Lucknow, Bareilly, Jabalpur, Danapur, Dehradun, Meerut, Ranikhet and Varanasi.
The defence minister urged the people to support the Centre’s cleanliness mission, adding that after Mahatma Gandhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had taken forward the initiative to encourage the citizens to keep their surroundings clean.
She appealed to the people to ensure cleanliness at the places of tourist attraction and said her ministry would carry out a special cleanliness drive from 15 to 2 October across the country.
Sitharaman said to support the Swachh Bharat mission, the defence ministry had recently sanctioned Rs 50 crore to the cantonment boards, which would be spent on recycling waste and other cleanliness measures.