Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday made a cashless contribution to the welfare of soldiers and their families on Armed Forces Flag Day, officials said.

In a tweet, Modi said: “Today, on #ArmedForcesFlagDay, officers from the Kendriya Sainik Board pinned the flag on me. I made a cashless contribution for the welfare of our brave soldiers, who protect us and keep our country safe.”

Modi met officers of the Kendriya Sainik Board on the occasion and Secretary of the board, Brigadier MH Rizvi pinned an armed forces flag on the Prime Minister.

The Armed Forces Flag Day is observed on December 7 every year since 1949, and is a day dedicated towards collection of funds from people for the welfare of the Indian armed forces personnel.

The day is also observed to raise funds for the well-being of serving jawans, as well as the disabled comrades-in-arms and widows and dependents of those who have made the supreme sacrifice, the leaders urged all citizens to donate generously for the jawans’ welfare.

Over the years, it has become a tradition to commemorate this day as an honour to the soldiers, airmen and sailors of India.

This year, from December 1 to 7, a wide digital campaign was spread across Twitter, Facebook and other social networking websites, encouraging people to wear the armed forces flag with pride to show their support and express solidarity with the military.