Every Indian salutes farmers; Armed Forces ‘adequately mobilised’: President Kovind in address to nation

Greeting the nation on the eve of India’s 72nd Republic Day, President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday gave assurance that the government is devoted to farmers’ welfare, saying “every Indian is grateful to them for ensuring food security in our vast country.”

“Every Indian salutes our farmers, who have made our vast and populous country self-reliant in food-grains and dairy products. Despite adversities of nature, numerous other challenges and the COVID-19 pandemic, our farmers sustained the agricultural production,” he said in his address and sought to allay their fears over the three contentious farm laws. “A grateful nation is fully committed to the welfare of our farmers,” he said.

President Kovind also asserted that the country’s Armed Forces are “adequately mobilised” in a “well-coordinated” move to thwart any attempt to undermine national security, and recalled how its valiant soldiers foiled the “expansionist” plans by China in Ladakh last year. Kovind’s remarks come following the 9th round of Corps Commander Level Meeting between India and China on January 24.

Paying tributes to the 20 Indian soldiers who laid down their lives at Galwan valley in eastern Ladakh last June during clashes with the Chinese troops, the President said the past year “was a time of adversity, and it came from many fronts.”

“We faced an expansionist move on our borders, but our valiant soldiers foiled it. To achieve this objective, 20 of them…

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