By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Dec 7: Armed Forces Flag Day was celebrated at Raj Bhawan today. It is for the third time that the Armed Forces Flag Day was observed here. Every year, December 7 is observed as the ‘Armed Forces Flag Day’ throughout the country since 1949 with an aim to honour the martyrs and the men in uniform who not only fought valiantly for the country’s honour and safety but laid their lives for the sake of the motherland.
Paying tributes to the brave and martyred soldiers for their selfless service for safeguarding the security and integrity of the tion, Assam Governor Purohit said that Armed Forces Flag Day is an occasion to generate funds for the welfare of the jawans of Indian Armed Forces and their dependents. Welcoming the ex-servicemen, war widows Governor Purohit also extended his gratitude for their contribution to fortify the defence of the country. He also said that the tiol flag is always held high because of the sacrifice and immense contributions of the soldiers of the tion.
Lauding the efforts of Prime Minister rendra Modi in giving special emphasis to fulfill all issues of the armed forces, the Governor said that the government has been all along sincere to solve all their issues empathetically.
The flag day also plays an important role in collecting dotions for ‘Armed Forces Flag Day Fund’ which is the lifeline for instituting welfare measures and rehabilitation of the ex-servicemen community. The Kamrup (Metro) has collected Rs 7.20 lakh, which is the highest amongst the district and has won the coveted best collection trophy for the last two consecutive years. The Sonitpur is close behind with a collection of Rs 6.30 lakh.
The Rajya Sainik Board has been able to reach out and provide assistance to 41,506 ex-servicemen or their dependants in last four years from all sources, as against just about 780 in 2008-09.
Chief Secretary VK Pipersenia, senior officers from the State government and senior armed forces personnel, representatives from the PSUs, gallantry award winners, war disabled, war widows, ex-defence service officers and host of other dignitaries were present on the occasion.
Commodore Kamalesh Chandra Choudhury, Director, Sainik Welfare, Government of Assam Secretary State Maging Committee said, “The most important gift from the honourable Governor and the honourable Chief Minister to the ex-servicemen community of Assam has been the ‘War Memorial’ and ‘Sainik Bhawan’ at Guwahati. These two magnificent structures have provided the due recognition and respect to the Martyrs and Veterans and are one of the best in the country.”