Defence Minister Rajnath Singh (File Photo)
New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has appealed to the general public to generously contribute to the Armed Forces Flag Day Fund (AFFDF), which is used in the rehabilitation and welfare of dependents of our brave soldiers who were killed in action or disabled.
Armed Forces Flag Day is observed on December 07 every year throughout the country to honour the fallen heroes and men in uniform who bravely fought for our motherland. On this day, Army, Navy and Air Force personnel who sacrificed their lives for the cause of the nation are remembered by observing two-minute silence at 1100 hours as a mark of respect.
Out of the income earned on the AFFDF corpus, 7.5 per cent is ploughed back into the corpus and balance is used to fund the welfare and rehabilitation schemes for Ex-Servicemen (ESM)/dependents.Rupees 133.21 crore were spent on 38,049 beneficiaries under the AFFDF in FY 2020-21, said a government press release.
It added that a sum of Rs 33.35 crore was collected during Financial Year (FY) 2020-21.The Fund is administered by Kendriya Sainik Board (KSB)Secretariat under the aegis of its Management Committee, headed by the Raksha Mantri (Defence Minister) and Executive Committee headed by Secretary, Ex-Servicemen Welfare (ESW).
Generous contributions for AFFDF are solicited from the countrymen.
Bank details of the AFFD Fund as follows:
PNB- A/C No. – 3083000100179875 – IFSC: PUNB0308300
SBI- A/C No. – 34420400623 – IFSC: SBIN0001076
ICICI- A/C No. – 182401001380 – IFSC: ICIC0001824
The release informed that some of the important welfare schemes funded out of AFFDF are as under:
Raksha Mantri’s Ex-servicemen Welfare Fund (RMEWF)
Financial assistance is provided to ESM/dependents for their identified personal needs, including Penury Grant and Children Education Grantunder RMEWF. Financial assistance amounting to Rs 132.96 crore has been disbursed under RMEWF during FY 2020-21.
Financial Assistance for Serious Diseases
Financial assistance up to 90 and 75 per cent expenditure subject to maximum Rs 1.25 lakh (for heart ailments, etc) and Rs 0.75 lakh per year (for dialysis and cancer) is being provided to non-pensioners Personnel Below Officer Rank (PBOR) and officers respectively.
Total amount of Rs 22.69 lakhs was paid during FY 2020-21.
Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centres (PRCs)
In addition to Rs30,000/- per annum per inmate, annual grant of Rs 120 lakh and Rs 10.00 lakh is being provided for upkeep/establishment to Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre (PRC), Khadki and Mohali respectively, the autonomous organisations run for rehabilitation of paraplegic and tetraplegic ESM. Total amount of Rs 168.72 lakh has been disbursed to both PRCs during FY 2020-21.
War Memorial Hostels (WMHs)
War Memorial Hostels (WMHs) grant of Rs 1,350/- per month per child is provided to the wards of war widow/war disabled. An amount of Rs23.24 lakhs have been disbursed under this scheme during FY 2020-21. (Press Release)