Lucknow, Dec 7 (UNI) With the purpose of ensuring common man's participation in solving the problems of ex-servicemen, an Armed Force Flag Day Fund has been established through which many welfare schemes for soldiers, ex-servicemen and families of martyr soldiers would be implemented, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati today said.
The CM appealed to the people to contribute liberally for the Flag Day Fund as a mark of respect and affection for the soldiers.
She said the the contributions for this fund are exempted from Income Tax.
Terming the Armed Forces ''matchless'' in the world, the CM applauded its role in defence, natural calamities and countering terrorism.
She noted ''our soldiers never lag behind as and when the situation demands. Many of them attain martyrdom, while a number of them sustain permanent disabilities.'' Ms Mayawati said the state government is committed to benefit the soldiers through welfare schemes.
She was having a discussion with senior soldier welfare department officials at her official residence on Armed Forces Flag Day.
''The conditions in Armed Forces require the services of young men. Consequently, a large number of soldiers attain superannuation between the age of 40 to 45 years. Approximately, 60,000 soldiers are retired every year. Providing alternate employment as well as ensuring appropriate place in the society to these soldiers and their families is a big responsibility. Therefore, public contribution is also required,'' the chief minister added.