- The investments are made exclusively in Nationalized Banks and take the form of FDs. Approximately 1,217 Battle Casualties (BCs) (all instances from after 2016) have already received compensation.
The website (maabharatikesapoot.mod.gov.in) will be launched by Union Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday so that the public can donate to the Next of Kin (NoK) of defence personnel who were either killed or gravely injured in combat.
Significantly, the plan has already provided compensation to 1,217 casualties. The website aims to persuade people to support the worthwhile cause.
The website will be unveiled on October 14 at a celebration at the National War Memorial complex in New Delhi, claims a Ministry of Defense press release. The initiative’s “Goodwill Ambassador” is Amitabh Bachhan, a well-known actor in the Indian film industry.
Ease and pleasure of giving! Now you can strengthen our Armed Forces by donating funds through a few clicks on Website #MaaBharatiKeSapoot. Every Rupee of yours to Armed Forces Battle Casualties Fund goes for their welfare. pic.twitter.com/DPgsK9YOCo
— PRO Defence Pune (@PRODefPune) October 14, 2022
Today, eleven troops who lost their lives or were injured while participating in combat activities will be honoured. “While the Government of India has initiated a large number of Welfare Schemes for the soldiers killed or disabled during active military operations in the line of duty, there has been a strong public sentiment and requests from patriotic citizens, corporate heads of industry captains, to contribute to the cause of welfare of the soldiers and their families,” the Ministry of Defense said in a statement.
Genesis of Army Battle Casualties Welfare Fund
Although there are numerous government assistance programmes for military members, there was no fund where citizens could donate money to support the troops. Following the avalanche disaster on the Siachen glacier on February 3, 2016, in which 10 soldiers died, there was an abrupt influx of donations and public sympathy. As a result, the Army Battle Casualties Welfare Fund was created (ABCWF). It was made on April 1st, 2016.
The fund was renamed on May 6, 2020, and the personnel from the Navy and Air Force were included to the fund. Ex-gratia emoluments provide the following compensation: Death: Rs. 8 Lakh; Disability: Rs. 8 Lakh; Disability: Rs. 4 Lakh; Disability: Rs. 8 Lakh; Disability: Rs.
The investments are made exclusively in Nationalized Banks and take the form of FDs. Approximately 1,217 Battle Casualties (BCs) (all instances from after 2016) have already received compensation.