Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar met family of Martyr in Kanpur


Kanpur: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar after performing yoga in the Cantonment area of Kanpur on second International Yoga Day, met the Martyr family of Lt Colonel Pankaj Singh who was killed in Arunachal Pradesh recently.

The Defence minister reached Kanpur airport by a special plane on Tuesday and spent around 20 minutes with the army officers, soldiers and their families while participating in yoga function at Garrison Ground.

Despite yoga being an "indigenous practice", the Manohar Parrikar said many people in India were unaware of its importance. The minister also noted the potential of yoga as an employment generator besides a practice to keep people healthy.

He later visited the family house of Lt Colonel Pankaj Singh in Vimannagar in Chakeri area of the city and paid tributes to him. Pankaj Singh was killed in action in Arunachal Pradesh on June 13.

Mr Parrikar consoled his family members and guaranteed them of all possible help from the defence ministry. He also offered Singh's wife, assistance in seeking a job if she so desired.

Asked the border dispute with China, Mr Parrikar said Indo-China "frontier" was "stable" and there have been no incidents of encroachment since last year. The minister, however, chose not to answer queries about GST.