Chief Minister appeals people to contribute liberally on occasion of Armed Forces’ Flag Day
The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Ms. Mayawati has appealed to the people of the State to contribute liberally in the Flag Day Fund on the occasion on Armed Forces’ Flag Day. She said that it was a national
responsibility to accord proper place to the ex-soldiers and their families in the society and to provide them alternative means of employments as well. She said that the State Government was very sensitive to provide benefits of welfare schemes to the families of the serving soldiers, to the dependents of the ex-servicemen and also to the families of the martyrs.
The Chief Minister was talking to the senior officers of the Sanik Kalyan Vibhag on the occasion of Armed Forces’ Flag Day at her 5-Kalidas Marg official residence here today. The C.M. also made donation in the
Soldier Welfare Fund. The Principal Secretary Social Welfare Mr. Prem Narain, Principal Secretary to C.M. Mr. Netram, Secretary to C.M. Mr. Anil Sant and Director, UP Soldier Welfare and Rehabilitation Dr. S.S. Singh and
other officers were also present on the occasion.
It may be recalled that collections were being made throughout the year for the Flag Day Fund from all the districts. About 30 per cent of the amount collected is kept in a district level fund. Through this fund, the District Magistrate and the District Soldier Welfare and Rehabilitation officer provide economic assistance under various schemes to the ex-servicemen and their dependents. The remaining 70 per cent amount is handed over to the Soldier Welfare Directorate. An amount of Rs. 16.42 lakh is handed over to Central Soldier Board, New Delhi and the remaining amount is kept in a State level fund. Besides, Armed Forces’ Flag Day Fund had been set up for ensuring people’s participation through which several schemes had been introduced for the welfare of soldiers and families of ex-servicemen and also for the families of the martyrs. The State Government is fully alert towards solving their problems.
It may be recalled, that young people were required for armed forces. Owing to it, about 60,000 soldiers, between the age group 40-45, retire every year. It was a huge responsibility to accord proper place to the ex-servicemen and their families, besides providing them alternative employment opportunities. Through Armed Forces’ Flag Day Fund various schemes for the welfare of serving soldiers, ex-servicemen and the families of the martyrs were being run.