1. Donation to Army Fund should be voluntary, we cannot catch anyone’s neck for it, says Parrikar

Donation to Army Fund should be voluntary, we cannot catch anyone’s neck for it, says Parrikar

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar while talking about Johar shelling out money for the fund said that donations ought to be made voluntarily and not "catching anyone's neck."

By: | Updated: October 25, 2016 1:12 PM
parrikar reu The Army Welfare Fund Battle Casualties was started as a centralised fund, to accept donations and contributions from organisations and individuals, and to be managed by the adjutant general branch of the Army.

Much is being talked about filmmaker Karan Johar donating Rs 5 crore to the Army Fund. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar while talking about Johar shelling out money for the fund said that donations ought to be made voluntarily and not “catching anyone’s neck.”

Johar accompanied by Producers’ Guild President Mukesh Bhatt met Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis at his home ‘Varsha’ on Saturday where Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray was also present. It was decided there that Thackeray listed out three conditions that filmmakers who worked with Pakistani actors have to comply with. These include a contribution of Rs 5 crore to the Army welfare fund.

Parrikar in a conversation with ANI said, “Army battle casualty fund is voluntary donation because many have been requesting us that they want to donate to jawans and martyrs. Its a voluntary donation and therefore we are not concerned with anyone demanding something to be donated to this.”

The Army Welfare Fund Battle Casualties was started as a centralised fund, to accept donations and contributions from organisations and individuals, and to be managed by the adjutant general branch of the Army. As per government sources, from mid-August when the fund was started, till last week, the Army Welfare Fund Battle Casualties had received donations worth around Rs 1.4 crore.

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    Mohan
    Oct 25, 2016 at 7:46 am
    As it is rightly articulated by defence minister, the donation should be voluntary and not conditional and it is surprising that any political party cannot do arm twisting and compel somebody to give, whatever may be the intentions. Every citizen has highest regard for our armed forces who are doing wonderful job in guarding our territories from alien attack. The sacrifices of our valiant soldiers from the time of independence needs encomiums of supreme dedication to duty in guarding our borders. So there is no need for any political organization to take credit for calling for donation. If the central government wants, it can issue public appeal which will be spiritedly reciprocated by the citizens as it happens in times of natural disasters like floods or cyclone.
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