Vijay Divas is 16 December (1971). Kargil Vijay Divas is 26 July (1999). Just for information, the Army ops were called 'Op Vijay', while the IAF called theirs "Op Safed Sagar". Kargil Divas is what we have been calling, more as an abridged model in referring to the 'Kargil Vijay Divas'. Col RP Chaturvedi (Retd), IESM
COMMEMORATION OF KARGIL DIWAS AT DOON VALLEY BY DEHRADUN EX_SERVICES LEAGUE ON 26 JUL 2010: CHIEF GUEST CHIEF MINISTER UTTARAKHAND
Dehradun Ex-Services League paid tribute to Kargil War Martyrs by honouring their 40 family members. All were felicitated and presented mementos & shawls by chief guest Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal “Nishank” Chief Minister of Uttarakhand in the presence of special guest Sh Ganesh Joshi, MLA. More than 700 senior veterans, ESM & families attended the Kargil Diwas. The following announcement was made by the Chief Minister Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal, Nishank: In future Kargil Diwas will be celebrated as Shaurya Diwas under the arrangements of Govt of Uttarakhand. CM announced Rs 1 Crore for erection of war memorial in commemoration of the martyrs of the State. CM declared exemption in sale tax imposed on the purchae of vehicles by the soldiers and ESM from the CSD canteen of Uttarakhand. CM also assured the ex-soldiers that their demand for exemption in house tax would be considered and system followed by the other states in this connection would also be followed by Uttarakhand. He assured that soldiers of Uttarakhand wi;ll pay minimum house tax. CM assured that he personally will take up the case with Defence Minister for establishment of one training centre of Gurkhas at Dehradun as earlier there used to be three centres but at present all have been shifted elsewhere. Lt Col B M Thapa, Veteran General Secretary, Dehradun Ex- Services League
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