Shri Giridhar Aramane, a 1988-batch IAS officer of Andhra Pradesh cadre, assumed the office of Defence Secretary on 1st November 2022. In his 32 years of experience in IAS, he has held various important portfolios in the Central Government as well as Andhra Pradesh government.
RAKSHA MANTRI GRACES ‘SHAURYA DIWAS’ CELEBRATIONS IN SRINAGAR TO COMMEMORATE 75TH YEAR OF AIR LANDED OPERATIONS IN THE 1947 WAR
Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh graced the ‘Shaurya Diwas’ celebrations in Srinagar, on 27th October 2022 to commemorate the 75th year of air landed operations of Indian Army at Budgam Airport in 1947, which ensured the first civil-military victory of Independent India. On 27th October 1947, the Indian Army was inducted by the IAF at Budgam Airport to evict Pakistani forces from J&K, a day after the ‘Instrument of Accession’ was signed between Maharaja Hari Singh and Republic of India. 27th October is, hence, celebrated as ‘Infantry Day’. In his address, Raksha Mantri paid rich tributes to the heroes of the Armed Forces and the people of J&K who laid down their lives to protect the unity and integrity of the country. He stated that it was because of their valour and sacrifice that J&K remained an integral part of India and will continue to be in the future. “Our aim is to implement the resolution unanimously passed in Indian Parliament on 22nd February 1994 to reclaim remaining parts, such as Gilgit and Baltistan” he added.