Bengaluru: Anurag Thakur, Union minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs Anurag Thakur was promoted as Captain in the Territorial Army as a regular commissioned officer, as per a report in ANI.

With this, he became the first serving union minister to be given the honour. 

It is to be noted that Thakur is a four-time BJP MP from Himachal Pradesh's Hamirpur and has been promoted to the rank of Captain at 124 Infantry Battalion Territorial Army (Sikh).

Notably, he was commissioned into the Territorial Army as a Lieutenant by then Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Dalbir S Suhag TA in July 2016, Swarajya adds. 

He tweeted, “I was commissioned as a regular officer into the Territorial Army in July 2016 as a Lieutenant. Today I am honoured to share, I have been promoted to the rank of Captain. I reaffirm my commitment for serving the people and the call of duty towards mother India.”

“This is the third generation from my family who is serving in the armed forces. It is an honour to be part of both army and the Parliament. I come from a constituency and state where people from every third house serve in the army. The first army officer to be honoured by the Param Vir Chakra was from Himachal Pradesh only," he told media.