Sunday, December 7, 2014

Armed Forces Flag Day

Armed Forces Flag Day is observed every year on 7th December.

The Flag day is mainly observed to serve three basic purposes.

1. Rehabilitation of battle casualties

2. Welfare of serving personnel and their families

3. Resettlement and welfare of ex-servicemen and their families.

Immediately after India achieved independence, a need arose for the government to manage the welfare of its defence personnel.

On this day, small flags are distributed to the general population and donations are collected towards the Flag Day Fund.

Jawaharlal Nehru, who was then Prime Minister of India, said on December 7, 1954:

"A few weeks ago, I visited Indo-China and saw our officers and men attached to the International Commission there. It gave me a thrill to see their smart bearing and the good work they were doing in that distant land. What pleased me still more was their general popularity with the people there. By their efficiency as well as their friendliness, they enhanced the reputation of India. Among them were people from all parts of India. They observed no provincial or other differences amongst themselves. I am sure my countrymen will be pleased to learn of them and would like to indicate their appreciation of these young men who serve our country both here and elsewhere so well. A way to indicate that appreciation is to contribute to the Flag Day Fund."

In the busy schedule of our life, we tend to forget the hardships that our soldiers go through at the borders or while on duty for our safety. We tend to forget their sacrifices and their contributions to the nation. They are willing to face harsh weather, strenuous life styles, separation from their families and most importantly dead to safeguard our interests. As citizens of the country, it is the moral duty of each and every Indian to ensure the welfare of our brave soldiers and to support the families and dependants of our armed forces personnel who were martyred while fight for the country. Let us demonstrate our concern for the armed forces and their families by contributing generously to the Flag Day Fund established for their welfare.

Following details are obtained from the Department of Sainik Welfare (Sainik Kalyan Vibhag), Pune

How to contribute online:

Account Details for NEFT/RTGS Donation

   Account Name : Flag Day Fund (Public) Account

   Account No : 60061347784

   IFSC Code : MAHB0000184

   Branch Code : 0184

   MIRC Code : 411014004

   Swift Code : MAHBINBBOCP

   Bank Address : GHORPADI BRANCH (0184)
                     Cantt. Marriage Hall, Ghorpadi, Pune
                     Pin Code : 411001

   Email :

   Bank Phone No : 020 - 26840701/26840172

For More Detaiils Contact DSW : 020/ 66262600 66262606 66262609 26122287

   Account Payee cheque/Drafts are payable to "Armed Forces Flag Day Fund"

   Cheques/drafts may be forwarded to:

   Armed Forces Flag Day Fund

   RAIGAD Building, Opposite National War memorial,

   Ghorpadi, Pune - 411001

The contribution towards the ‘Armed Forces Flag day Fund’ is exempted from Income Tax Deduction under SECTION 80G(5)(VI) OF THE INCOME TAX ACT, 1961.



"When You Go Home, Tell Them Of Us And Say, For Their Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today"

Epitaph inscribed on The Kohima 2nd Division Memorial

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