The Government of India has given the 'Trust' status of Akshay Kumar's Bharat Ke Veer Platform. The private initiative was launched last year with the help of the government with an aim to provide financial help to the families of soldiers who lost their lives for the nation. All contributions to 'Bharat Ke Veer' have been exempted from Income Tax.
The Bharat Ke Veer App and its website allows people to make monetary contributions which directly goes into the bank account of families of deceased personnel.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted, “Ministry of finance @FinMinIndia has now given approval to @BharatKeVeer Trust under 80(G) which in effect means that all contributions to the trust will be exempted under the income tax. I thank the ministry and FM Sh. @ArunJaitley for the exemption to #BharatKeVeer Trust."
Akshay kumar and former national badminton champion Pullela Gopichand are now the trustees.
Akshay Kumar feels that this is his best birthday gift ever. he actor is celebrating his 51st birthday today. He said in an interview, "Bharat Ke Veer going tax-free is my biggest birthday gift. Thanks to the government, the Home Ministry, Finance Ministry, for doing this in such a quick way. The app is doing so well with civilians contributing for the families of martyrs (soldiers)."
Rajnath Singh also wished him on Twitter and wrote, "Dear @akshaykumar my warm birthday wishes to you. You have great amount of love, respect and compassion for those who fight for the honour of the country. And you also give performances that are ‘Gold’. May Almighty bless you with more success, good health and long life."
Akshay says, "Because it’s tax-free, obviously more people will come forward. My dream is now to even get people and families whose son or father or brother have lost their limbs, on Bharat Ke Veer... Woh bhi haqdaar hain (They, too, are deserving). You can expand only when the money flow is more from the civilians’ side."