As war-of-words escalates surrounding the “donation in army fund”, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, on Tuesday, said that it was “voluntary” and he does not appreciate “holding of someone’s neck”.
The Defence Minister’s remark came amid a row over the MNS diktat asking film producers employing Pakistani actors to pay Rs 5 core to army welfare fund.
Speaking to reporters, Parrikar said: “The concept is voluntary donation and not catching neck of someone. We don’t appreciate it.”
Parrikar, on the sidelines of the naval commanders conference, said the concept behind the newly created Battle Casualty Fund was to ensure that all those people who wanted to donate voluntarily for welfare of the family of martyrs could do so.
“There will be a scheme managed by MoD with assistance from Adjutant General Branch concerned. It is a voluntary donation and therefore we are not concerned with anyone demanding something to be donated to that,” he said.
Parrikar said the Ministry is formulating a scheme through which all families of martyrs will be helped equally.
Army officials and veterans were upset over the security force being dragged into “politics”. The controversy over the ban on Pakistani artistes erupted after Karan Johar’s ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ ran into a storm of protests led by MNS because Pakistani actor Fawad Khan has a role in it.
After much debate and war of words among politicians, film fraternity, the film has been allowed to be released after its producers met with three conditions put forward by MNS chief Raj Thackeray, including payment of Rs 5 crore to Army Welfare Fund.
The film has been allowed to be released after its producers met with three conditions put forward by MNS chief Raj Thackeray, including payment of Rs 5 crore to Army Welfare Fund.
On Sunday, the Shiv Sena slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party, terming the decision to release Karan Johars’ film “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” as an attempt “to politicize the sacrifices of Indian Army soldiers”.