Karan Johar’s Rs 5 crore is 3 times what Army welfare fund got in 2 months

The fund was started on the initiative of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, who said a large number of organisations and individuals had approached him with the desire to aid families of soldiers.

Written by Sushant Singh | New Delhi | Updated: October 25, 2016 4:13 pm
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WHEN Karan Johar deposits Rs 5 crore in the Army welfare fund to ensure a hassle-free release for his film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil starring Pakistani actor Fawad Khan, he would be putting in more than four times the money in the fund currently. According to government sources, from mid-August when it was started, till last week, the Army Welfare Fund Battle Casualties had received donations worth around Rs 1.4 crore.

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The fund was started on the initiative of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, who said a large number of organisations and individuals had approached him with the desire to aid families of soldiers who had died in battle. In a statement, the Defence Ministry had said that it had received a surge of such requests after the Siachen avalanche in February, which had led to the death of 10 soldiers.

The Army Welfare Fund Battle Casualties was started as a centralised fund, to accept donations and contributions from organisations and individuals, and to be managed by the adjutant general branch of the Army.

The assistance from the fund is meant to be in addition to the existing schemes for relatives of soldiers who die in battle. An SOP in this regard was approved by the Defence Ministry last month.

The ministry’s statement had said contribution to the fund must be voluntary in nature, to be used exclusively for “Next of Kins of Battle Casualties”. The ministry is considering a proposal to make contributions to the fund eligible for tax exemption.

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Army sources Sunday refused to be drawn into the controversy, while calling the question of rejecting or accepting Rs 5 crore from Mumbai filmmakers working with Pakistani artistes as “hypothetical”.

The figure was arrived at a meeting on Saturday, with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis mediating between Ae Dil Hai Mushkil director Karan Johar and MNS chief Raj Thackeray, who had threatened to block its release.

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    Jai Kumar
    Oct 24, 2016 at 9:31 am
    So o should we we Start selling our honour as well . Let us start taking contribution from our red light workers.lt;br/gt;What kind of blood flows in your veins
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      Mousumi
      Oct 24, 2016 at 6:18 am
      Army and the welfare of army should be kept out of politics...its shame for all of us!
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        Sona
        Oct 24, 2016 at 5:42 am
        Waooo what a explenation for gost.
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          abdul
          Oct 24, 2016 at 7:52 am
          Take 10 crores from the each of the Khans and people like OM Puri too
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            Pissgt;Ongt;Brahmans
            Oct 24, 2016 at 3:31 am
            There are veterans funds and donations even in the richest army in the world - The USA Army.
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              abraham
              Oct 24, 2016 at 11:01 am
              The soul's of Martyred Indian Soldiers will pardon you,if you are Indian for comparing the sacrifice of soldiers to the Nation with by pulling the red light workers in this issue.
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                malik
                Oct 24, 2016 at 12:18 pm
                Buhahahahaha 5 crore for one stani actor lol new bollywood. Menu
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                  Diplomat
                  Oct 24, 2016 at 6:02 am
                  There is a National Defense Fund which is used for the welfare of the members of the Armed Forces. This fund is active since almost 1971 and holds significant amount of money according to Govt's own website. Why this new fund "Army Welfare Fund Battle Casualties" necessary and how it is different from NDF? Needs some more insight.
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