Indian Army is the pride of India. We trust our Army more than we trust any other government institution or agency. An attack on our soldiers feels like an attack on us. Sure, when an incident like the Mumbai Attack or Pulwama attack happens, a lot of jingoism rises. There are candle marches, shouting of slogans, calls for revenge, mindless challenges by publicity-hungry people. But the grief of a soldier’s death is felt even by those common people who remain in their home and watch the news with shocked eyes.
We feel grateful to our soldiers. We feel the pain of the families of our martyrs. No wonder then, we want to help Indian soldiers and their families. If you feel the same, then here are some easy ways of donating to the Indian Armed Forces for the welfare of our soldiers and their families.
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How to donate to the Indian Army
1. Donate to the armed forces welfare funds
There are several Armed Forces welfare funds operative in India in which you can give monetary contributions for the help of soldiers and their families. Here are some of them:
A. National Defence Fund
You can donate to the National Defence Fund for the welfare of Armed Forces personnel and their families. The donations to this fund are used for the welfare of the members of the Armed Forces (including Paramilitary Forces) and their dependents. India’s Prime Minister is the Chairperson of this fund. Defence, Finance, and Home Ministers are members of its Executive Committee. This fund is entirely dependent on voluntary contribution and its accounts are kept with the Reserve Bank of India.
You can contribute to NDF at ndf.gov.in, pmindia.gov.in, www.onlinesbi.com. The collection account number is 11084239799 with State Bank of India, Institutional Division, 4th Floor, Parliament Street, New Delhi. NDF’s Permanent Account Number (PAN) is AAAGN0009F.
For more information about NDF, visit: https://ndf.gov.in/aboutndf.php
B. The Army Welfare Fund Battle Casualties
This fund is maintained by the Indian Army. It uses the donation for the welfare of the bereaved families of the martyrs. If you wish to donate to Army here, send a Demand Draft in favor of “Army Welfare Fund Battle Casualties” payable at New Delhi. You can also transfer directly to “Army Welfare Fund Battle Casualties” account with Syndicate Bank (IFSC: SYNB0009055; Account No.: 90552010165915).
C. Donate to the Army Central Welfare Fund
If you wish to donate to the Indian Army through this fund send a Demand Draft in favor of “Army Central Welfare Fund” payable at New Delhi. Or transfer funds directly to the bank account of Army Central Welfare Fund with Corporation Bank (IFSC: CORP0000205; Account No. : 020500101007721).
2. Army Wives Welfare Association
This is a social organization that works for the welfare of the spouses, children and dependents of the army personnel. AWWA was officially registered as a Welfare Society with the Registrar of Societies, Delhi Administration on 23 August 1966. To contribute to this fund, you can contact at AWWA Fund, Room No-210, AWWA Secretariat, South Block, IHQ of MoD (Army), New Delhi-11001112. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 011-23018183
3. Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre in Pune
This organization provides aftercare and rehabilitation to Armed forces personnel that have suffered spinal cord injuries. You can send your donation here by cash/crossed check in the name of “Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre, Kirkee.” You can also transfer your donations to “Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre, Kirkee” account with Punjab National Bank (IFSC: PUNB0027800; Account no.: 0278000100174484).
4. Bharat Ke Veer Trust
For families of martyrs of Central Armed Paramilitary Forces
Bharat Ke Veer is an initiative of the Home Affairs Ministry. The donations made here are used for the families of martyred personnel of Central Armed Paramilitary Forces – BSF, CRPF, CISF, ITBP, NDRF, NSG, Sashastra Seema Bal, and The Assam Rifles.
To donate here, visit https://bharatkeveer.gov.in/. This website allows people to donate directly to a martyr’s bank account. Once your payment is complete, you will receive a certificate from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. You can also donate to Bharat ke Veer Corpus. A select committee manages the Corpus and decides how to utilize the donated funds.
PLEASE NOTE: Donate your contributions only through the website. Please do not send your contributions at bank details received through WhatsApp or other social media channels. Those details might be false.
The State Bank of India has created a UPI ID for Bharat Ke Veer. You can send money using a UPI app at bharatkeveer@sbi.
(You may find this site inaccessible at times when an attack on armed forces motivates a large number of people to donate through it. If that happens, try again some time later.)
5. Donate to the Indian Army through BHIM UPI
You can easily donate money to the Indian Army through the BHIM UPI app. Just launch the BHIM app and tap on the Donate button. Then look for the donation button of Kendriya Sainik Board and tap on it. Enter the amount you wish to donate, choose your debit account if you have linked more than one bank account to your BHIM. Tap at the Donate Now button and confirm the payment.
Using the BHIM app, you can also donate to PM Cares, Prime Minister National Relief Fund, and various Chief Minister Relief Funds. You also have the option to donate to NGOs such as HelpAge India, Goonj, and Akshaya Patra Foundation.
6. How to donate money to the Indian Army through Paytm
After the recent Pulwama Attack on CRPF personnel, PayTM has added a donation link to the PayTM app. This money will go to the CRPF Wives Welfare Association. So, if you use PayTM, you can easily donate money to the families of martyrs using it.
Source 1: Yahoo News / Source 2. Websites of the listed organizations
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