Government mulling separate fund for financial aid to disabled soldiers

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New Delhi, June 18 (IANS) The government will provide financial assistance to soldiers, disabled in the line of duty, as it is considering proposal of major grant to establish a separate fund for the purpose, an official statement said.

“Indian Army is observing the year 2018 as the Year of Disabled Soldiers in Line of Duty… Management of disabled soldiers is an onerous responsibility and there are plans to galvanise due support for the unemployable disabled soldier, his wife and his family with initial financial support to ensure a life of dignity through partially-funded entrepreneurship venture,” a Defence Ministry statement said.

“The government is considering proposal of major grant to establish a separate fund which can be further enhanced by contributions from individuals, establishments and corporate sector thus facilitating meaningful initiatives for disabled soldiers,” it said.

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The army plans to create awareness on organizational support available to soldiers and their dependents with respect to medical, rehabilitation, various beneficiary schemes of Central and State Governments, vocational opportunities and assistance for their placement.

There are also plans to showcase talent of disabled soldiers by organizing sports and physical activities, cultural events and their art exhibitions.

“These disabled soldiers have inspiring deeds behind them, hence, it is planned to felicitate them along with selected organizations which dedicate in their rehabilitation,” the statement said.

–IANS

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