At rally in Himachal Pradesh's Bilaspur, PM Modi said nobody asked why the OROP scheme could not be realised for such a long period. "I had announced during the Mandi rally that we will give One Rank One Pension. Three instalments have been given till now. Close to Rs 8,500 crore has been distributed," he said, referring to his rally in 2016.
PM Modi said the fourth instalment will be sent soon. "I understand that this (amount) puts pressure on the government, but our soldiers are a priority for me," he said.
On the surgical strike that India carried out across the Line of Control with Pakistan in September last year, he said the way India celebrated and remembered the operation increases the pride of every Indian youth.
Praising the people of Himachal Pradesh, PM Modi said every village of the state sends soldiers to defend the country. "I bow before every one of you," PM Modi said.