In a move that would long be remembered, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju led a Tri-colour Yatra on Monday from Leh to Khardungla in Leh district, as part of the Tiranga Yatra, conceptualised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking every MP and MLA to pay homage to martyrs across the country. Earlier in the day, the minister hoisted the tri-colour at ITBP Headquarters at Leh to mark the 70th Independence Day celebration.
Rijiju recalled the great contributions that Freedom Fighters made so selflessly for the Independence of the country and how nation shall always be grateful to them. The minister also acknowledge the contribution of people of border areas like Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh who voluntarily took part in freedom struggle and have shown tremendous valour in adversities. He acknowledged special contribution of the forces and people of border areas in the defence of country’s borders.
The minister also flagged off the para-cycling team of amputees of Border Security Force which had started off from Manali in Himachal Pradesh. The objective of the para-cycling rally had been to bolster the morale of the force personnel who had been victims of various attacks or accidents during their duties.
The Border Security Force (BSF) has resolved to mark the year 2016 as the year of “Divyang Yodha”. A Para Cycling Expedition, led by R K Negi, Commandant BSF, with the name ‘Infinity Ride-2016’ has started from Manali, Himachal Pradesh on Aug 5, 2016 to kick start the drive of empowerment of Divyangjan. The expedition has covered 583 Kms of Himalayan heights to exhibit the commitment of BSF that nothing is impossible. The infinity ride team has nine divyangjan of BSF, other CAPFs and of Aditya Mehta Foundation which were duly supported by BSF Institute of Advance Adventure Training (BIAAT) and AMF. The total team of 34 members have successfully rode through tough terrain, in difficult weather conditions, crossing many treacherous mountain passes and reached Khardung La on 15th Aug 2016, the 70th Independence Day, to celebrate the victory of divyangjan over their inhibitions within.