INDIA. Mumbai: A website for contributing to the Armed Forces Combat Casualty Welfare Fund (AFBCWF) titled “Maa Bharati Ke Sapoot” was launched on Friday by Defense Minister Rajnath Singh during a ceremony held at the National War Memorial Complex in New Delhi.
The AFBCWF is a tri-service fund used to provide immediate financial assistance to the families of Soldiers/Sailors/Airmen who give their lives or are seriously injured during active military operations.
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As the government has launched a slew of social welfare programs for soldiers killed or maimed during active combat operations, there have been demands from citizens, business leaders, banks, and captains alike. industry to contribute to the cause of the welfare of soldiers and their families.
The website www.maabharatikesapoot.mod.gov.in will allow people to donate online directly to the fund. An online contribution certificate can also be downloaded.
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In his remarks, Singh paid a glowing tribute to the valiant soldiers of the Armed Forces whose sacrifice and unwavering commitment protect the country from these external enemies. “The names of great personalities like Maharana Pratap, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Bhagwan Birsa Munda, Rani Laxmibai, Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekhar Azad and Ashfaqullah Khan will be etched in our hearts forever, and their sacrifices will continue to be an inspiration to all,” he said. He also urged people to contribute generously to the fund.
In a video message, Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, the ‘Goodwill Ambassador’ of the initiative, expressed gratitude to the families of fallen heroes and urged people to come forward and contribute to the fund.
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Singh also congratulated the close relatives of fallen heroes and disabled soldiers. Parents and loved ones of many war-decorated soldiers graced the occasion.
The program included a rendition of a poem by Manoj Muntashir Shukla, the Army Symphony Band and vocalist Mohit Chauhan, a martial arts performance by Army Gatka and Kalarippayattu teams, a duet by Dr. L Subramaniam and Kavita Krishnamurthy and a sharing of views by actor Sidharth Malhotra.
The event was attended by Chief of Defense Staff General Anil Chauhan, Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari, Chief of Army General Staff, General Manoj Pande, Secretary (Ex-Serviceman Welfare) Vijoy Kumar Singh, Vice Chief of Naval Staff. Vice Admiral SN Ghormade and other civilian and military officials. Olympic gold medalist Sudebar Neeraj Chopra was also present.
The Indian Army, on behalf of the Ministry of Defence, Department of Veterans Welfare, maintains an account for the fund. In addition to online donations, conventional donation systems will continue. Donations can be made through a draft application drawn in favor of the Armed Forces Combat Casualty Welfare Fund payable in New Delhi, which can be mailed to the following address: Accounts Section , Adjutant General’s Branch, Ceremonial & Welfare Directorate, Room No 281 -B, South Block, IHQ of Ministry of Defense (Army), New Delhi – 110011.
Alternatively, the contribution may be paid directly into the account of the Armed Forces Combat Casualty Welfare Fund. 1st Account: Armed Forces Battle Casualties Welfare Fund, Bank Name: Canara Bank, South Block, Defense Headquarters New Delhi – 110011, IFSC Code: CNRB0019055, Account Number: 90552010165915, Account Type: Savings
2nd Account: Armed Forces Battle Casualties Welfare Fund, Bank Name: State Bank of India, Parliament Street, New Delhi – 110011, IFSC Code: SBIN0000691, Account Number: 40650628094 and Account Type: Savings.
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