Cap breached: BSF martyr’s wife gets Rs 15 lakh through Akshay’s Bharat Ke Veer website
Donations received through the website are over and above what dependents of paramilitary personnel killed in action receive through central and state governments. Once the dependents get Rs 15 lakh, their details are removed.Updated: May 28, 2017 10:45 IST
Over a week after BSF head constable Prem Sagar was beheaded by Pakistani intruders along the line of control in Jammu and Kashmir, his wife has received donations amounting to Rs 15 lakh through a website launched by the Union home ministry in collaboration with filmstar Akshay Kumar.
She is the first dependent of a deceased paramilitary man to cross the cap of Rs 15 lakh fixed for donation on the portal, called Bharat Ke Veer (India’s Bravehearts). The money has been deposited directly into the bank account of Sagar’s wife, providing her with immediate relief.
Donations received through the website are over and above what dependents of paramilitary personnel killed in action receive through central and state governments. Once the dependents get Rs 15 lakh, their details are removed from the website.
Officials said they received many enquiries from NRIs, rickshaw pullers and even school-going children on the mode of donating money through the website.
Though the payment gateway would not accept donations from abroad initially, the problem was soon sorted out. The Union home ministry has now written to the Reserve Bank of India to facilitate donations through Paypal for non-resident Indians who don’t have a domestic bank account.
“Encouraging response to Bharat Ke Veer website. Within a month the portal has received more than Rs 2 crore for helping martyrs’ families,” tweeted Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday.
CRPF director in general Vijay Kumar, who is coordinating with the management of the website, told HT that more than 35,000 transactions have taken place on the website so far.
Details of 114 personnel from eight central paramilitary forces – the BSF, CISF, CRPF, ITBP, Assam Rifles, NDRF, NSG and SSB – are currently displayed on the website. As per the available information, two dependents (the wife and three-year-old daughter) of Lt Colonel Niranjan EK, who was killed while sanitising the Pathankot airbase, have received Rs 8.51 lakh in donations so far.
While three dependents (the wife, mother and father) of CRPF constable N Senthil Kumar – who was killed in a Maoist attack on April 24 in Sukma – have received Rs 11.52 lakh until now, the wife, daughter and son of his colleague, Narayan Prasad Sonkar, benefited from funds amounting to Rs 5.17 lakh.
The mother of 24-year-old Arup Karmakar, who also died in the Sukma attack, has received Rs 3.04 lakh in donations.
Those willing to donate may visit the Bharat Ke Veer website here.
First Published: May 10, 2017 21:55 IST