Smriti Irani ties rakhi to soldiers at Siachen

Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani today tied rakhi to several soldiers deployed at the Siachen Base Camp, the highest battlefield in the world, on the occasion of ‘Raksha Bandhan’ and lauded their efforts.

The minister flew into the Siachen base-camp, located on the snout of the galcier, at 9.22 AM and was received by senior army officers, a defence spokesman said.

Irani laid a wreath at the Siachen War Memorial. She later addressed the jawans and praised them for their dedication to duty.

“We are very proud of the soldiers serving here who have never thought of their own good and of their families. They serve diligently, with passion…So a thanks from a grateful nation,” Irani said.

“My mother specially prepared sweets for you all. So, this is not only the affection of a sister but the love of a mother,” she said.

The minister flew back after spending around one-and-a- half-hours at the base camp.

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