Chawla won’t go to tie rakhis to BSF personnel this year

She has cancelled the programme due to pandemic restrictions

Chawla won’t go to tie rakhis to BSF personnel this year

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Tribune News Service

Amritsar, August 2

Keeping in view the Covid-19 restrictions this year, former minister Lakshmi Kanta Chawla will not tie Rakhis to BSF personnel posted at Attari border.

This is happening for the first time in the past 51 years. She had initiated the practice in1969, moved by the sacrifices of Indian Army and paramilitary personnel in the 1962 and 1965 wars. She vividly remembered those years of patriotism as civilians from all backgrounds used to be eager to render service. She has been carrying out the task of tying rakhi as a tradition for the past over five decades.

“I did not want to miss the occasion this time. However, Covid-19 restrictions do not permit”, she said. She prepared boxes containing rakhis and sweets to be despatched to the Attari border. Material in the boxes will be distributed among paramilitary personnel tomorrow morning.

On Sunday, she despatched rakhis and sweet boxes for the BSF personnel. Otherwise, she along with a number of girl students of various schools used to celebrate the festival of brothers and sisters at the frontier. The students used to present a cultural programme at the Attari-Wagah joint check post to mark the occasion.

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