The 'Bharat Ke Veer' contribution platform, that allows public to voluntarily contribute to support families of martyrs, has received ‘unprecedented’ response after the Pulwama blast in Jammu and Kashmir that claimed live of 40 of Central Armed Paramilitary Force (CRPF) jawans. The portal has received donations of over Rs 7 crore so far, officials said on Saturday. Out of this amount, Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar has contributed Rs 5 crore. The actor has also requested people to donate for bravehearts via bharatkeveer.gov.in.
"We have received unprecedented donations at the online portal in the last 36 hours and the amount is over Rs 7 crore," BSF Inspector General (IG) Amit Lodha told PTI.
During the last few days there has been a tremendous response from people wanting to contribute through the website : https://t.co/wkuXoWnRJL
MHA is grateful for this support.
However Due to heavy traffic, sometimes a slow down is reported in accessing the website.— गृहमंत्री कार्यालय, HMO India (@HMOIndia) February 16, 2019
Akshay wrote on Twitter, "Pulwama is something we cannot & will not forget. We’re all angry & it’s time to act. So act now, donate to the martyrs of Pulwama on http://www.bharatkeveer.gov.in There’s no better way to pay homage to them & show your support. This is the only official site, please don’t fall prey to fakes."
He said, "Never in the two-year history of this benevolent public fund for CAPF martyrs, such a huge contribution has come in such a short time. We are grateful to the people of the country for expressing their solidarity with the martyrs."
#Pulwama is something we cannot & will not forget.We’re all angry & it’s time to act. So act now,donate to the martyrs of Pulwama on https://t.co/5j0vxsSt7f There’s no better way to pay homage to them & show your support.This is the only official site,pls don’t fall prey to fakes pic.twitter.com/sYruUtzgKY— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) February 16, 2019
The IG, who supervises the activity of the portal, said it was getting as many as "20,000 hits per second" post the Pulwama attack.
Meanwhile, the portal is facing some technical glitches. The website was not accessible at the time of writing this news. This is probably why the State Bank of India has also created a UPI for the Bharat Ke Veer initiative to help people make their monetary contributions easily, the BSF IG said.
Bharat Ke Veer, the fund-raising initiative, was launched in April 2017 by the Union Home Ministry, under whose command these paramilitary or Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF's) function.
The CRPF personnel were killed and five injured in one of the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, when a Jaish-e-Mohammed suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into their bus in Pulwama district.
With PTI Inputs