Stating that with a clear cut policy of not sparing the guilty and not touching the innocent, the Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said that the government is determined to destroy the entire ecosystem in Jammu and Kashmir.

“The government is determined to destroy not only terrorists but the entire terror ecosystem in J&K,” Sinha said while addressing the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of raising of the White Knight Corps (16 Corps) here at Nagrota Military Station.

“Troubled by our renewed resolve towards development of Jammu and Kashmir, its aspirations and latest goals, our enemies are making desperate attempts to create unrest in J&K through drug trafficking, smuggling of arms through drones and through social media,” he added.

Sinha said that the Government’s determination and the indomitable courage of our Police and Security forces will not let the enemies outside and within our borders succeed.

Greeting all ranks of Indian Army’s White Knight Corps, the Lt Governor lauded them for their exemplary contribution in many strategic operations and for helping maintain peace and tranquility in the region.

“White Knight Corps is the most dynamic operational Corps of the Indian Army. Since its raising in 1972, it has lived up to its motto of “Taking the First Move and Striking in All Directions”, the Lt Governor observed.

The Lt Governor said that over the years, White Knight Corps has proved its mettle not only in combat, thwarting evil designs of adversaries, restoring normalcy and counter-terrorist operations in J&K but also made invaluable contribution in development of the region.

“Making 21st Century, J&K’s century is our resolve and nothing can hinder our progress. Our armed forces are working with one single aim, with one single intention to make J&K excel in every sphere of development,” the Lt Governor added.

Expressing gratitude, the Lt Governor lauded the unparalleled courage and valour of security forces and termed them as the living faces of sacrifice and bravery.

Outlining the impactful social work done by Indian Army in addition to their professional duties, the Lt Governor acknowledged the indispensable work done by 16 Corps in the field of education, health, housing, etc. in the areas bordering Poonch, Rajouri, Kishtwar and Jammu, under Operation Sadbhavna.

The Lt Governor made a special mention of the medical camps being organized to raise awareness about health and fitness among the local people, besides sustained thrust on channelizing young energies towards productive engagement through a host of schemes including- reformative and motivational lectures in schools and colleges, scholarships for needy students, providing IT and computer education for skill development and promotion of sports amongst the youth.

He also shed light on increasing self-reliance in various sectors, including defence, and said, “Under the leadership of the Prime Minister, Indian Army is also moving towards self-reliance in terms of weapons and other military resources. It is due to the Government’s persistent efforts that about 65% of the military budget is now spent within the country itself”.

Speaking on the occasion, GOC White Knight Corps, Lt Gen Manjinder Singh assured of the unflinching support by all ranks of White Knight Corps towards the National cause.

He also highlighted the major initiatives undertaken by the Indian Army for the Awaam in addition to guarding the borders.

Later, the Lt Governor along with Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi, GOC-in-C Northern Command Flagged In the ‘Veer Smriti MotorCycle rally’.

The motorcycle rally had started from Lam, Rajouri on Jun 8,2022 and reached here at Nagrota on Monday.