Kashmir Floods: Army Chief presented cheque for PM’s relief fund in January, collection started two months later

The amount was said to have been donated to the relief fund after collecting one days' salary from officers and other ranks of the Army.

Written by Man Aman Singh Chhina | Chandigarh | Updated: May 16, 2015 11:32 am
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The mystery over the Rs 100 crore donation made by the Chief of Army Staff on Army Day on January 15 this year to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund, for help of flood affected victims of Jammu and Kashmir, has deepened with documents accessed by The Indian Express showing that the actual process of collecting the money started nearly two months later on March 12.

The amount was said to have been donated to the relief fund after collecting one days’ salary from officers and other ranks of the Army. However, it was nearly two months later that a letter was issued by the Army HQs to all Command headquarters, the Integrated Defence Staff, Andaman and Nicobar Command, Special Forces Command, National Cadet Corps, Assam Rifles and Directorate General of Quality Assurance on the manner in which the contribution was to be collected.

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The letter was issued with the heading “Voluntary Contribution of One Days salary by Indian Army personnel to Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund for floods in J&K” and was is signed by an officer of the rank of Brigadier. This letter gives out the procedure which is to be followed for making the voluntary contribution and says that the list of contributors should be dispatched “latest by May 10”.

Prior to this letter a ‘Signal’ had been issued by the Army HQs on January 8 to all commands which gave out the intention of the Army Chief to make the donation. The ‘Signal’ said that there was a proposal to contribute one days’ salary on voluntary basis for victims of latest floods in J&K. It also said that the Chief of Army Staff intends to announce the measure on the occasion of Army Day 2015 and that confirmation for the same may be given “positively by January 12”.

The letter, dated March 12, goes on to say that the initial cheques for the relief fund would be sent by the Controller General of Defence Accounts to Adjutant General’s branch by June 1, 2015. “Subsequent cheques will be sent by first of every month from June to August,” the letters says adding that in turn, the Adjutant general’s branch will forward these cheques to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund.

Due process started in Oct 2014: Army

When contacted and asked if the presentation of a cheque for Rs 100 crores was a symbolic gesture in January, the Additional Director General Public Information, Maj Gen Shaukin Chauhan, said that it was in the October 2014 Army Commanders conference that the issue of donating one days’ salary was discussed and approved in principal. When asked about the letter issued by Adjutant generl’s branch in March, Major General Chauhan said, “We are a huge Army and there is a process which has to be followed. That is what we are doing,” he said. He also said that the issue was being unnecessarily being raked by mischievous elements.

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  1. T
    May 16, 2015 at 9:54 am
    Actually there is a provision one day leave encashment every year and normally staff in Public Sector Banks contribute using this facility. So cash contribution goes to the fund and staff forgo one day PL
    1. D
      DS Gopalan
      May 16, 2015 at 11:05 am
      What a way to waste time on such needless issue and making the beginning of a controversy? 24x 7 reporting / thousands of channels make people spend time in unproductive news. Cause for which money was collected was good - before or after official communication. what is wrong with that ? It is shameful that such issues are even highlighted by reputed newspapers- Give that space for some other achievement from say rural areas/ rural youth/students/rural women/ and enlighten/motivate people. .
      1. Z
        May 16, 2015 at 7:04 pm
        "The issue is how to show the intention.They have shown the intention that they want to donate the money.But everybody should know that they are donating the money but why it is necessary to show to all or announce that army is donating the money.Can't they do it silently? Why so much 'SHOWBAAZI".But some times you need showbaazi and why it need in this situation is,when Kashmiris will know that army people are donating one day ry,not all may few peoples heart will soften and would generate a little good feelings for army.Now everybody has understood.Doubting over intention of army is foolishness.But I doubt what intention was of the reporter who was following this event,what doubt he was having in his mind about the donation announced by the army"
        1. G
          May 16, 2015 at 9:05 am
          As if we didn't have real controversies, you go around creating fake ones. You have no idea how damaging this kind of reporting has been to our democracy through the cynicism of the electorate and the destruction of trust.
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            JV Bhaskar
            May 16, 2015 at 5:53 am
            What is the issue ? Did not understand the article ? Are you accusing the Army of stealing the money ? These are book transactions ! You cant hold up the RBI like logic...get it ?
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