Project Sambandh

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    • Project Sambandh helping families of Army personnel who die in non-battle scenarios.

    About Project Sambandh

    • It is an initiative of Retired army officer and Shaurya Chakra awardee Colonel Vembu Shankar.
    • It is a one-man philanthropic initiative to connect the Next of Kin (NoK) of ‘physical casualties’ in the Army – was made in 2017.
    • It was initially started as a 1,000-day endeavour to reach out to families of army officers who lost their lives under ‘non-operational circumstances’ such as physical ailments, accidents, and suicides.
    • Features: Project Sambandh has identified that the NoKs, particularly young widows and children of the army personnel, face three kinds of challenges – financial, emotional, and social.
    • Objectives: The main intent of the project was to bring awareness about the challenges the NoK of the physical casualties faced and assist them in connecting them to the Directorate of Indian Army Veterans, which provided several educational and social schemes to children and the widows of slain army personnel, he said.

    Source: TH