Banbasa (Uttarakhand), Aug. 14 (ANI
): Union Cabinet Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi
on Sunday tied Rakhis on Sashastra Seema Bal
(SSB) jawans at the Indo-Nepal border
in Banbasa, Uttarakhand, on the eve of 70th Independence Day.
Upon her arrival at Banbasa village in Champawat district, schoolchildren greeted Maneka by waving Tricolours.
Later, the minister attended a cultural programme presented by SSB jawans and schoolchildren.
Speaking on the occasion, Maneka said her father was also in the armed forces that was why she planned to celebrate Raksha Bandhan with jawans and patriotic songs sung by jawans brought tears to her eyes.
Maneka also met SSB women personnel and their children and presented them gifts.
She also expressed her happiness over accommodation and education facilities provided to women personnel and their children.
SSB Inspector General Shyam Singh said jawans were happy to celebrate Raksha Bandhan with the minister. "The way she tied Rakhis on our wrists, we promise that we will protect the border till the last breath," he added. (ANI