Bharat ke Veer site, app dedicated to CRPF heroes

Bharat ke Veer
Akshay Kumar paying tribute to the soil of Sardar Post during the launch of web portal and mobile application Bharat Ke Veer on Shaurya Diwas
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New Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the web portal and mobile application named Bharat ke Veer on the occasion of Valour Day of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) here today. The portal is an IT-based platform, with an objective to enable willing donors to contribute towards the family of a braveheart who sacrificed his/her life in the line of duty. The amount so donated will be credited to the account of ‘Next of Kin’ of those Central Armed Police Force/Central Para Military Force soldiers.

Actor was the guest of honour at the function.

The site Bharat ke Veer will be available on web portal as well as mobile application. This domain allows anyone to financially support the brave hearts of his choice or towards the Bharat ke Veer corpus. The website is technically supported by the National Informatics Centre and powered by State Bank of India. To ensure maximum coverage, a cap of Rs 15 lakh is imposed; the donors will be alerted if the amount exceeds the limit so that they can choose to divert part of the donation to another jawan‘s account or to the Bharat ke Veer corpus.

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The corpus will be managed by a committee comprising eminent persons of repute and senior government officials who will decide to disburse the fund equitably to the braveheart’s family on a need basis.

Speaking on the occasion, the home minister paid tribute to the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the safety of the nation. He said that each moment of the lives of CRPF and CAPF personnel was a test of their courage and bravery. He said that a bullet could hit a soldier physically, but no bullet could defeat the courage and motivation of a soldier. The bravery of CRPF commandant, Chetan Cheetah, who survived 9 bullets, is an example, Singh added.

The home minister thanked actor for contributing his ideas to the launch of the web portal. He hoped this portal would be successful and act as a motivation to the brave soldiers. He said that Akshay Kumar was a hero for the people, but the actor’s real heroes were the soldiers of the paramilitary forces. Singh appealed to the nation to visit the web portal and contribute maximum towards the corpus. He said that CRPF had a multi-dimensional role to play and he was proud of their bravery and valour. He also said that the martyr’s family should get a support of minimum Rs 1 crore and the government would meet the deficit if any.

The minister said that 45-50% decline in the -wing extremist incidents, 75% decline in incidents in the Northeast and the decline in terror incidents in Jammu & Kashmir during the last 3 years were all contributions of the forces.

Secretary (home) Rajiv Mehrishi also thanked for conceptualising the idea of the portal and making his contribution to the martyrs’ families.

Speaking on the occasion, said that this web portal had been designed in a record time of just 2 and 1/2 months. He said it would act as a support to the families of the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the nation. He said this would further act as a platform for those who wanted to contribute to the families of the heroes but were not aware of the channel. He thanked the Ministry of Home Affairs for working towards the launching of this portal.

On the occasion, the home minister awarded Police Medal for Gallantry to the CRPF personnel (posthumously as well). The day is celebrated in remembrance of an act of unparalleled bravery displayed by a small contingent of CRPF personnel, pitted against a full-fledged infantry brigade of the Pakistani Army, trying to overrun their post, at Sardar Post, Rann of Kutch, Gujarat on 9 April 1965. They not only defeated the Pakistani brigade but also killed 34 Pakistani soldiers and captured 4 of them alive. The CRPF successfully defended the post till the arrival of reinforcements. The saga of valour of Sardar Post is a rich source of inspiration to the officers and men of CRPF. Befittingly, 9 April is observed as the Valour Day.

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