Tribune News Service: Chandigarh, November 13
With Armed Forces Flag Day being round the corner, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has issued an advisory to all Central ministries and departments directing that all government employees donate a minimum of Rs 200 out of their salaries for the month of November.
The Flag Day fund, generated out of donations from citizens, is a major source of funding for welfare and rehabilitation of war widows, ex-servicemen and dependants.
The Department of Personnel and Training advisory stems from an appeal from the Department of Ex-servicemen Welfare in this regard. December 7 is observed as the Armed Forces Flag Day to commemorate the sacrifices of men in uniform.
Last year, Rs 58.84 lakh were collected, a marginal dip over Rs 59.85 lakh collected in 2015, according to the Ministry of Defence figures. The fund has a corpus of about Rs 290 crore and out of the interest earned on this, 7.5 per cent is deposited back in the corpus and the remaining amount is used to fund welfare schemes.