New Delhi: Less than a week after the Pulwama terror strike killed 40 CRPF personnel, the home ministry’s Bharat Ke Veer platform has collected a record Rs 26.45 crore in the first four days since the attack.
These donations add to the funds meant for the families of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) personnel killed on duty.
“The amount collected is a record of sorts. We have never received such generous donations before,” a home ministry official told ThePrint.
People can donate a maximum of Rs 15 lakh for a specific soldier’s kin and anything more than that is added to the corpus for the entire CAPF.
“It is heartwarming to see that so many people have come forward to contribute. The limit of Rs 15 lakh for each family was reached on the first day itself,” a home ministry official told ThePrint.
“A lump sum amount will now be disbursed for the 40 personnel from the fund and the rest will be saved for contingencies and our bravehearts. Hopefully such a situation will not arise.”
The CAPFs include the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Assam Rifles (AR), Border Security Force (BSF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), National Security Guard (NSG), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).
The corpus is managed by senior officers of the forces and overseen by the director generals of the CAPFs, who decide the equal disbursement of the funds.
Bharat Ke Veer: An equal corpus for CAPFs
Contrary to popular misconception that the Bharat Ke Veer corpus is meant for a specific force deployed in a specific region — in this case the CRPF in J&K — the fund is distributed equally, on an as-needed basis, among all CAPFs.
“The fund is for all CAPFs. It is a public trust, where people can either donate money for the family of a specific officer in a specific force, or just generally donate to the pool of the Bharat Ke Veer fund,” a home ministry official said.
“In case when a personnel is killed in an attack or an operation, a sum of money is also disbursed from the fund to his next of kin. This is done for all CAPFs,” he added.
The official also told ThePrint that Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who launched the corpus in April 2017, had decided that if a personnel is killed on duty, an amount of at least Rs 1 crore shall be disbursed to his family or next of kin.