Israel is known for its targeted military strikes against enemy countries and militant outfits.

"Our army's valour is being discussed across the country these days. We used to hear earlier that Israel has done this. The nation has seen that Indian army is no less than anybody," he said.

PM Modi was speaking at a rally in Himachal Pradesh where he inaugurated three hydro-power projects, He paid his respects to both serving and retired soldiers.

Describing Himachal Pradesh as ‘veer bhumi (land of the brave)’, Modi said almost every family in the state has members in the armed forces. Modi made a veiled reference to the surgical strikes carried out on terror launch pads by the Indian Army across the Line of Control on September 29 and said the entire country was talking about it.

"These days in the entire country there is talk of the valour of Indian army. It used to be said that Israel carried them out (swift military reprisal). The country saw that the Indian army is not less than anyone," Modi said.

The Indian Army's surgical strikes came days after the terror attack on an army camp in Uri town of Himachal Pradesh that killed 19 soldiers. Modi also said his government has implemented the long pending demand of one rank one pension for the armed forces.

The issue of surgical strikes has snowballed into a political row with the opposition accusing the BJP and its government of "milking" it for political benefits. The charge has been rejected by BJP which has insisted that it is taking the issue to the masses to boost the army's morale and highlight the strong political will of the Prime Minister.

Underscoring his commitment to the welfare of armed forces, Modi said his government had fulfilled its promise of 'One-Rank, One-Pension' for ex-servicemen, an issue which he said had been hanging fire for over 40 years. Previous governments, he said, duped the people by making tall claims and some of them even allocated Rs 200 crore-500 crore in this regard but never did an analysis of cost burden and how it could be executed.

"I did it and was puzzled to find that the economic burden kept rising. It worked to be more than Rs 10,000 crore," he said, adding that it was difficult for any government to make such a big allocation in one go.

Modi said he spoke to armed forces and offered to release the money in four installments to which they agreed.

"Over Rs 5,500 crore in first installment has been given. The rest will be too. A promise hanging fire for the last 40 years has been fulfilled," he said.

At the 'Parivartan Rally', Modi also targeted Virbhadra Singh, the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh where elections are due late next year, saying BJP chief ministers dedicated themselves to causes like drinking water and roads while the Congress leader was concerned about his own welfare.

"Do I need to explain what the current chief minister is known for?" he said and then added, "When BJP gave chief ministers, somebody dedicated himself to water, somebody to roads but when others came they dedicated so many things for their personal welfare," he said.