Indian citizens have a collective responsibility toward the soldiers and their families. Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said on Tuesday that the welfare of soldiers who provide national security should be everyone’s responsibility, not just the government’s.

At the Armed Forces Day CSR Conclave, the minister declared that it is a shared commitment of the state to help soldiers and their families.

Since independence, whether it was to win wars or counter terrorist activities from across the border, our soldiers have given a befitting reply to every challenge with courage and promptness. In the process, many of them made sacrifices, while many became physically disabled. The entire responsibility of their family rests on them. As a result, it is our responsibility to come forward and support the soldiers and their families in every way possible. It is because of them that we sleep peacefully and live our lives without fear,” Singh added.

He said a large number of soldiers are retiring between the ages of 35 and 40 to keep the force’s youthful appearance. “This is another reason for people to extend all possible help to the ex-servicemen and their dependents.”

The minister added that the government has many initiatives for the benefit of Bravehearts across the country. “Industries and businesses can never flourish in a country where national security is not strong. I appreciate the support of big corporate donors in the last few years. It has led to a substantial increase in the fund. The fraternity should contribute even more for the well-being of the soldiers and the nation at large.”

Rajnath Singh declared that the contribution of the private sector is being recognized by the government. “The defense sector which was always considered untouched for the private companies is now fully prepared to welcome them. The private sector should provide employment opportunities to about 60,000 soldiers who retire at a very young age every year. These disciplined ex-servicemen are capable of understanding the most complex technology and using it proficiently. The Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare carries out the task of ensuring employment for the veterans and the industry can make a special contribution in this direction.”

“The Government does not consider the ex-servicemen as a liability. We see them as valuable assets, who are not only disciplined and an inspiration to society but also equally effective as a workforce. By including them, the private companies can increase their productivity and help these ex-servicemen lead a dignified life,” he further stated.

A new website was inaugurated on the occasion of the Armed Forces Flag Day Fund. This simple, interactive portal allows donors to make donations to the foundation.