NEW DELHI, Aug 2 - In a show of solidarity and bonding, women from the northeast tied rakhi on jawans of the armed and paramilitary forces, who are deployed in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, on Sunday.
The programme was organised at the initiative of Union Minister for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh on the eve of Raksha Bandhan on Monday. Self-help groups (SHGs) from the eight north-eastern states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim also sent rakhis, tricoloured bands and face masks to the Army and paramilitary personnel posted in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, an official statement said.
The initiative will strengthen the inherent bond among the various cultures, states and people of the country, it added.
Speaking on the occasion, Singh said Jammu and Kashmir is �my parliamentary constituency and the northeast is my official constituency�.
Since the north-eastern region is a part of his assigned responsibilities, he looks at it as a rare opportunity to be able to connect the two peripheral regions of the country, the minister added. � PTI