Armed Forces Flag Day
- Armed Forces Flag Day or The Flag Day of India is a day dedicated to India towards collection of funds from people of India for the welfare of the Indian Armed Forces personnel.
- It has been observed annually in India on December 7 since 1949.
- Over the years, it has become a tradition to commemorate this day as an honour to the soldiers, sailors and airmen of India.
Purpose of day
- The Flag Day is mainly observed to serve three basic purposes:
- Rehabilitation of battle casualties
- Welfare of serving personnel and their families and
- Resettlement and welfare of ex-servicemen and their families.
Armed Forces Flag Day Fund
- Throughout the country, small flags and car flags in red, deep blue and light blue colours representing the three Services, are distributed in return for donations.
- The fund collection is managed throughout the country by the local arms of the Kendriya Sainik Board (KSB), which is part of the Ministry of Defence.
- The fund collection is organised both by official and non-official means through voluntary organisations.
- Like the Kendriya Sainik Board at the Centre, the Rajya/Zila Sainik Boards are responsible for policy formulation and implementation of resettlement and welfare schemes for Ex-Servicemen, widows and their dependents residing in their respective States/UTs/Districts.