Directorate of Indian Army Veterans (DIAV) and Veena Nayyar, wife of late Vice Admiral K.K. Nayyar, former Vice Chief of Naval Staff, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to pledge Rs 2 crore for welfare schemes run by the Army, Navy and Air Force. Veena Nayyar presented a cheque of Rs 2 crore to three Services which was received by Admiral Karambir Singh, Chief of the Naval Staff, Gen MM Naravane, Chief of the Army Staff and Air Marshall VPS Rana, Air Officer In Charge of Administration at Army Headquarters, New Delhi.
The main objective of the MoU is to facilitate various welfare schemes instituted for next of kins of service personnel died in harness. The welfare schemes include Education Scholarships and Computer Grant for wards and widows of deceased service personnel, Grant for Higher Education of widows and marriage grant for widows and daughters. The Chief of the Naval Staff and the Chief of the Army Staff conveyed their gratitude to Veena Nayyar for her benevolent contribution to the three Services and said that her noble gesture would support more than one lakh widows and wards in leading a respectful life.
DIAV is one of the primary organisations of Indian Army which looks after the Rehabilitation and Welfare of the families of Service personnel who have died in harness. DIAV has disbursed approximately Rs 86 crore to about 76,000 beneficiaries over the past 20 years towards various welfare schemes. Lt Gen Harsha Gupta, Adjutant General and Veena Naravane, president Army Wives Welfare Association, and Sudha Gupta, general secretary, Army Wives Welfare Association, were also present on the occasion.