Prime Minister said that India's Armed Forces, which represent the world's largest democracy, were second to none in professionalism, valour, commitment, service and duty. The Armed Forces have always vindicated the faith and confidence that people of India placed in them, whether it is for our nation's security or for relief in times of natural calamities. He thanked the Armed Forces for their extraordinary service to the people during the floods in Jammu and Kashmir and the cyclone on the East Coast. He paid tribute to the tradition and training that inculcated the highest ideals and professional capabilities in our Armed Forces. The nation's trust was the biggest strength of our Armed Forces.
Prime Minister also mentioned that he attached the highest priority to the welfare of Armed Forces personnel, both during and after their service careers. He assured the Commanders that he would do everything to fulfill the promises made on One Rank One Pension; improving service conditions; and, creating better safety nets and opportunities for services after retirement.