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Stand With Pulwama: Over 80,000 Indians Donate Rs 46 Crores To Support Martyred Soldiers’ Families

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The deadliest terror attack at Pulwama, Kashmir where 44 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans were martyred, has scarred the entire nation. From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, Indians throughout the nation are shocked and deeply saddened. While the nation still mourns the loss of her bravest heroes, Indians expressed their solidarity with the martyrs’ families in the best way possible. In the past few days since the attack, around Rs. 30 crores has been donated by over 80,000 Indians through the Bharat Ke Veer fundraising portal of Indian Government.

Alongside, several other government and private platforms have come forward to launch crowdfunding initiatives for the surviving family members of the martyred soldiers. Till February 18, a total of Rs 46 crores has been raised, reported India Today.

Contributions on Bharat Ke Veer

On the Bharat Ke Veer platform, the amount of donation to the personal bank accounts of individual soldiers is capped at Rs 15 lakhs. “In the last 4 days, we saw generous donations pouring in from all over India. We have lost count of the number of donors. We have collected around Rs 30 crore till now, and the maximum amount of 15 lakhs has been reached for each of the 44 martyrs,” Vijay Kumar, Deputy Inspector General or CRPF who is in charge of the Bharat Ke Veer portal, informs Efforts For Good.  

“Further donations are being directed to the Bharat Ke Veer Corpus Fund, which will be disbursed equally among the families,” he adds. It is mention-worthy here that all contributions on the platform are 100% exempted from taxes.

Pulwama Crowdfunding

You can also donate simply by visiting https://bharatkeveer.gov.in/ or downloading the app.

Popular actor Akshay Kumar, who officially launched the Bharat Ke Veer website in April 2017 along with Union Minister Rajnath Singh, also tweeted a public appeal inviting donations.

The contributions have come from Indians comprising daily wage earners to affluent businesspersons. Bharat Ke Veer officials have expressed their gratitude by sharing heartfelt posts about many contributions on Twitter, irrespective of the amounts, which range from Rs 20 to over Rs 50,000. In one such tweet, they mentioned, “It is not the amount but the gesture that counts.”

Many are unaware that the Indian Army operates the Army Welfare Fund Battle Casualties account which enables any individual to donate for the welfare of the martyrs’ widows, children and dependent family members. The amounts can be donated via direct bank transfer to their account or through a demand draft drawn in favour of ‘Army Welfare Fund Battle Casualties’ payable at their headquarters in New Delhi. Details of the bank account are provided below:

Fund Name: Army Welfare Fund Battle Casualties

Branch Name: Syndicate Bank

Branch: South Block, Defence Head Quarters,

New Delhi – 110011

Branch Code: 9055

IFSC Code: SYNB0009055

Account No: 90552010165915

The National Defence Fund is administered by the Prime Minister along with an executive committee to finance the entire defence operations in the country. Presently, it is also accepting donations through the PM India website as well as the State Bank Of India website.

Fundraising by other platforms

Several popular crowdfunding platforms have started fundraising campaigns for the grieving families and so far, nearly Rs 10.5 lakhs have been raised, with individual contributions as high as Rs 42,000. The campaigns also accept overseas donations from Non-Residential Indians (NRI).

Digital payment app Paytm and mobile wallet Google Pay has joined hands with CRPF Wives Association and introduced a donation option to aid the Jawans’ families.

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Efforts For Good applauds the solidarity and empathy shown by Indians for the martyred bravehearts and hope more people come forward in the hour of need.

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