The Armed Forces Flag Day of India is celebrated every year on December 7. The specific day is dedicated towards the fund collections from people of India, for the welfare of Armed Forces Personnel. The Flag Day of India was first observed on December 7 1949. Since then it has become a tradition to celebrate this day as an honor to all the personnel belonging to all the three forces- Indian Army, Indian Airforce and Indian Navy.
India possesses world’s 3rd largest military force approximately 1.3 million active personnel, 1.15 million reserve personnel and 1.3 million paramilitary personnel. On the Flag Day, Armed Forces personnel organize various events to showcase their talents and skills. On August 18, 1949 a committee was set up under defense ministry which proposed the idea of distributing small flags to the population and receiving donations in return from them for the welfare of the personnel across the nation. the flags are distributed at educational institutes, govt. offices, shops, etc.
Various Officers, Ministers come out to speak about raising funds for the Flag Day. Governor of Jammu & Kashmir, N.N.Vohra has motivated and appealed to the people of the state to contribute towards this noble cause on this occasion. He explained the importance of the funds which will help ex-servicemen and their families in the state. He said that it is our moral duty to take the responsibility to take care of the families of our martyrs and also provide the required support towards the widows who aren’t able to receive pensions. The Governor gave away cheques of Rs 10,000 to around two dozen widows and handed over the prizes to the winners of painting and patriotic song competitions for children.
There are speculations that this year people may deposit in the old currency notes into the welfare fund to get rid of the old notes after they have been regarded as illegal tender after demonetization. Because of the demonetization rush, old practice of keeping the donation box at banks will not be followed this year, apart from Andhra Bank and Punjab National Bank. Boxes will also be available at the Sainik Welfare Board, in Somajiguda, Hyderabad. For those who want to contribute through cheques and demand drafts can be sent in the name of ‘The Director Sainik Welfare, Hyderabad. There has been contribution of 4.5 lakh in the Telangana NGO which will further be increased, claimed by the President of the organization.
The donations given for the fund will be exempted from the income tax. The Armed Forces Flag Day Fund was established in 1949 under the chairmanship of the Governor. Interested people who want to contribute can note down the required details.
Director, Sainik Welfare, Government of Andhra Pradesh, State Bank of India, M.G Road, Vijayawada.