December 5, 2022

Defence Minister to launch website enabling citizens to contribute for Armed Forces Battle Casualties Welfare Fund

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Website on “Maa Bharati Ke Sapoot” to have film icon Amitabh Bachchan as Goodwill Ambassador

New Delhi, ‘Maa Bharati Ke Sapoot’ (MBKS) website for the Armed Forces Battle Casualties Welfare Fund (AFBCWF) will be launched by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh during a function being organised at National War Memorial Complex in New Delhi on October 14.

AFBCWF is a Tri service fund, utilised for grant of immediate financial assistance of ex-gratia, to the Next of Kin and dependents of Battle Casualties. 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/ industry captains, to contribute to the cause of welfare of the soldiers and their families. This website is being launched to facilitate patriotic Indians to partner in this noble cause.

Amitabh Bachchan has accepted to be the ‘Goodwill Ambassador’. The Chief of Defence Staff, all three Service Chiefs, Param Vir Chakra (PVC) awardees and other prominent officials of MoD, Corporate Heads, Chairman & Managing Directors of Banks, eminent serving personnel from field of Sports and celebrities will attend the function. On that day, 10 Next of Kins of fallen heroes and soldiers disabled in active military operations will also be felicitated. Parents and relatives of many War decorated soldiers have also been invited.

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