Defence Ministry on August 10 sanctioned union minister Smriti Irani to visit Siachen Glacier next week. Siachen is the highest battleground in the world and has one of the most unforgiving conditions to live at.
Irani was cleared to go after a meeting with Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, who also asked the Army to make special arrangement for her visit.
Irani is scheduled to be in Siachen on August 18 so as to celebrate the festival of Raksha Bandhan (Raakhi) with the soldiers.
According to news reports, at least eight other women ministers from BJP would be heading to border areas of the North East, Rajasthan and Kashmir so as to celebrate Raakhi with the jawans.