Gurgaon: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Saturday inaugurated Rezang La war memorial, built in Gurgaon to remember the 114 martyrs who sacrificed their lives safeguarding the 18,000 ft high post during Indo-China war in 1962.

"This memorial will inspire new generation to imbibe the spirit of patriotism and fulfill the dreams of martyrs," the chief minister said.

"The nation, which does not remember its martyrs cannot move forward, today we are living in peace, because our jawans are safeguarding country's borders, braving extreme weather conditions," Hooda said.

The gallant C Company of 13 Kumaon regiment consisted of 'Ahirs' who mostly belonged to the Mewat area of Haryana. The bodies of the martyrs lay frozen in the snow bound hills till discovered in January 1963.

Hooda said that it is a matter of pride for us that in-spite of the fact that the population of Haryana is less than two percent of the country's population, every 10th jawan in the army is from Haryana.

Referring to the demands of Rezang La Shaheed Samarak Samiti, put forth by its president TC Rao, Hooda announced that the school in Dundhahera village will be named after Shaheed Bharat Singh. The road from Razang La Chowk to Railway Station will be named as Rezang La Marg.

A similar Shaheed Samarak will be built by HUDA in Rewari also. Several Haryana ministers, retired army officials and war widows of the area were also present at the occasion. Haryana Power Minister Ajay Singh Yadav said the state government has enhanced the cash incentives for gallantry award winners.

The cash incentive for the recipients of Paramvir Chakra and Ashok Chakra has been increased from Rs 25 lakh to Rs 31 lakh and that of Mahavir Chakra and Kirti Chakra from Rs 15 Lakh to Rs 21 lakh.

(Agencies)

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