Punjab National Bank (PNB) has expressed gratitude and solidarity towards the defence personnel who lost their lives in the tragic Coonoor helicopter crash. The Bank has proactively settled the insurance claim to the families of Para Commando Lance Naik Shri Vivek Kumar and Para Commando Lance Naik Shri B Sai Teja, amounting to Rs 1 crore each.
Para Commando Lance Naik Shri Vivek Kumar started his military career in December 2012, was from Jaisinghpur, a small town in Himachal Pradesh. He was part of a special force in 1 PARA SF and served in Jammu and Kashmir, both south and north Kashmir.
Para Commando Lance Naik Shri B Sai Teja started his military career in June 2013 as a soldier of the Army Service Corps and later adorned the maroon beret and Balidan Badge in May 2019.
PNB senior management and the bank employees condoled the demise of the Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) General Shri Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat, and all 11 great warriors martyred in the helicopter crash. They paid floral tribute and observed two minutes of silence for the peace of the departed souls.
Conveying heartfelt condolences, Shri Sunil Soni – CGM at PNB, Shri Pramod Kumar Dubey – PNB Zonal Manager at Shimla and ADC Kangra Sh. Rahul Kumar IAS, personally visited the grieving family of Lance Naik Shri Vivek Kumar at village Upper Theru, PO Kosri, Teh Jaisinghpur, District Kangra, Himachal Pradesh. The management handed over the claim settlement cheque to Smt. Priyanka Rani – wife of martyr Lance Naik Shri Vivek Kumar.
At the same time, Shri Sanjeevan Nikhar – PNB Zonal Manager at Hyderabad, Shri AUB Reddy – PNB Circle Head at Vijaywada and Shri Vijay Shankar Reddy – District Sainik Welfare Officer at Chittoor handed over the claim settlement cheque to the family of Lance Naik Shri B Sai Teja at Eguvaregadapalli, Chittoor District (Andhra Pradesh). Both the claims were settled in the shortest possible time to assist the bereaved families.
Two of the eleven martyrs were covered under the ‘PNB Rakshak Salary’ scheme, whose claims were promptly settled without delay by handing over cheques to the nominees, personally by the PNB officials. The ‘PNB Rakshak Salary’ account covers all defense personnel, police and paramilitary personnel with a personal accident cover upto Rs. 60 lakhs, air accident cover of Rs. 1 crore and other complete benefits packages.
PNB has been working on several CSR initiatives reaffirming its commitment towards the defense personnel, police and paramilitary personnel. The Bank has made numerous contributions in the past to help the dependents of brave martyrs, veterans, and their families.