Armed Forces Flag Day To Be Celebrated Throughout December, Says Rajnath Singh

Armed Forces Flag Day to be celebrated throughout December. Union Defence Minister appeals to citizens to contribute in great numbers to the Armed Forces Flag Day Fund (AFFDF).

Simren Rodrigues

December 3, 2020

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Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has appealed the citizens of India to celebrate the entire month of December as Armed Forces Flag Day. He made this announcement on Wednesday, 2nd December 2020. He also asked the citizens to contribute to the Armed Forces Flag Day Fund (AFFDF). This fund honours the sacrifices made by the soldiers and works towards enabling a better life for the families of the martyred men.

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The Armed Forces Flag Day is commemorated on December 7, every year. However, this year the Centre along with states and union territories have appealed the citizens to follow the entire month of December as Gaurav Maah which translates to pride month. This is so that the sacrifices of the martyred soldiers don’t go to vain and their lives are honoured with pride. Singh said, “I appeal to everyone to contribute towards the Armed Forces Flag Day Fund. Let us express our commitment to our country and the Armed Forces. He added, “It is our national responsibility to support families of our security personnel who have lost their lives or suffered injuries in the line of duty.”

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According to a news portal, the Armed Forces Flag Day Fund( AFFDF) was constituted by the government of India to provide welfare and rehabilitation to the ex-servicemen (ESM) community. As per the reports, there are around 32+ lakh ESM. Due to superannuation, around 60,000 ESM are added every year. The report suggests that around Rs 47 crore was raised through voluntary contributions last year. Singh is hoping for the same amount to be generated this year too.

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Armed Forces Flag Day came into being on December 7, 1949, under a committee set up by the defence minister. The main purpose of this day was to hand over small flags to the general population and in turn collect donations from them. The Armed Forces Flag finds a striking resemblance to the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence flag which was first utilised in 1956. It has a common colour-scheme similar to British aligned territories. Kendriya Sainik Board(KSB) manages the fund collection. They are part of the Ministry of Defence.

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