MHA set to launch website for financial aid to soldiers on April 9
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MHA set to launch website for financial aid to soldiers on April 9

Exclusive: Home Ministry set to launch website for financial aid to families of slain paramilitary personnel, on the suggestion of actor Akshay Kumar.

india Updated: Apr 07, 2017 11:51 IST
Sonal Kalra
Sonal Kalra
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Rajnath Singh,Akshay Kumar,MHA
Home Minister Rajnath Singh will launch the site at Delhi’s Vigyan Bhawan.

In January this year, Hindustan Times had reported that on a suggestion from Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar, the Ministry of Home Affairs is working on a web platform that will allow citizens to directly transfer financial aid to the family of a paramilitary soldier killed on duty.

The Ministry, with the technical expertise of National Informatics Centre, is ready with the website, and the same will be formally launched on April 9 at Delhi’s Vigyan Bhawan by the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

The website, which will eventually be available as a mobile app too, has the list of martyred paramilitary personnel who laid their lives in the call of duty from January onwards, especially in insurgency operations in J&K, and Naxal attacks in Chhatisgarh. The details of the incident in which the soldiers lost their life, as well as that on the dependants they have left behind is also given in the website.

Using the payment gateway of the State Bank of India, anyone with a valid bank account or e-wallet, can directly transfer money in the account of the beneficiary. The maximum consolidated aid that can be availed by a slain soldier’s family through the website is Rs Fifteen Lakh. The ministry is working on ensuring that the contribution would be exempted from income tax, while SBI has agreed to absorb the transaction cost, as a part of their CSR initiative.

When contacted, actor Akshay Kumar confirmed the news of the launch and said, “I’m extremely humbled by the fact that the Home Ministry developed this website in a record time, and thankful to the Union Home Secretary Sh Rajeev Mehrishi and his team who made this possible. I’m delighted about the launch and looking forward to coming to Delhi for it on April 9.”

First Published: Apr 07, 2017 11:51 IST