Smriti Irani celebrates Raksha Bandhan at Siachen, ties rakhi to valiant soldiers

| Updated: Aug 18, 2016 20:35 IST

Siachen (Jammu and Kashmir), Aug 18 (ANI): Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani on Thursday celebrated Raksha Bandhan with Army Jawans deployed at the Siachen Base Camp Glacier, the highest battleground in the world. "It is a great honour for me to celebrate this festival here with my brothers who guard the borders. Prime Minister Modi has always celebrated festivals with the jawans," Irani told ANI. Meanwhile, General S.K Patiyal said that it was a great honour for them to celebrate this auspicious festival with the Union Minister. "It's an honour for all of us. It boosts up our morale. I thank ma'am that she has come from such a long distance to tie rakhi," General Patiyal told ANI. Union Minister for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman will also be tying rakhi to the jawans at Lumla in Tawang region later in the day. Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal yesterday tied rakhi to the BSF personnel deployed at the international border in Attari near Amritsar. Girls from colleges and schools also tied rakhis to BSF troops at the Attari Border. (ANI)