Website Launched to Contribute to Armed Forces Combat Casualty Welfare Fund

Defense Minister Rajnath Singh launched the website “Maa Bharati Ke Sapoot” (www.maabharatikesapoot.mod.gov.in) to contribute to the Armed Forces Combat Casualty Welfare Fund (AFBCWF) during of a function held at the National War Memorial Complex in New Delhi on October 14, 2022. The AFBCWF is a tri-service fund, which is used for granting immediate financial assistance to the families of Soldiers/Sailors/Airmen who give their lives or are seriously injured during active military operations.

While the government has launched a large number of welfare programs for soldiers killed or maimed during active combat operations, there has been strong public sentiment and demands from citizens, business leaders, banks and captains of industry to contribute to the cause of the welfare of military personnel and their families. The website will allow people to contribute directly to the fund online. An online contribution certificate can also be downloaded from the site.

In his speech, the Minister paid a vibrant tribute to the valiant soldiers of the Armed Forces whose sacrifice and unwavering commitment protect the country from those who try to cast a dim view. “The names of great personalities like Maharana Pratap, Veer Shivaji, Bhagwan Birsa Munda, Rani Laxmibai, Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekhar Azad and Ashfaqullah Khan will forever be etched in our hearts. Their sacrifices continue to be an inspiration to all. It is our armed forces that are on the front line to preserve our freedom,” he said.

Rajnath Singh commended the armed forces for always safeguarding the sovereignty, unity and integrity of the country by courageously and swiftly responding to threats such as wars and cross-border terrorist activities. Therefore, it is the moral responsibility of citizens to come forward and support soldiers and their families as they fulfill their duties to protect the nation, he said.

Referring to the public support for the armed forces during the wars of 1962 and 1971 as well as the “Bharat Ke Veer” initiative he took for the welfare of the personnel of the central armed police forces during his tenure as As Home Minister, the Raksha Mantri said it has always been the country’s tradition to give all possible help to its soldiers. He described the AFBCWF as one of the major steps in this direction, urging people to contribute generously to the fund.

Rajnath Singh said that through this contribution, citizens can contribute to the welfare of the armed forces and their families and to the nation building as a whole. “Everyone must play their part in the country’s progress. You have to become a responsible pilot on this journey and not a free-rider. It is our duty to actively participate in nation-building,” he said.

In a video message, Amitabh Bachchan, who is the initiative’s “goodwill ambassador”, expressed his gratitude to the families of the fallen heroes and urged people to come forward and contribute to the fund.

On this occasion, he also congratulated the relatives of fallen heroes and maimed soldiers. Parents and loved ones of many war-decorated soldiers graced the occasion. Various performances included rendition of a poem by Manoj Muntashir Shukla, Army Symphony Band, Vocalist Mohit Chauhan, Martial Arts performance by Army Gatka & Kalarippayattu Teams, Dr. L Subramaniam Duo and Smt Kavita Krishnamurthy and the 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 senior civilian and military officials. Olympic gold medalist Sudebar Neeraj Chopra was also present.