PM Cares Fund : PM Narendra Modi donated 2.25 Cr as the initial corpus, says report

New Delhi: A day after the first PM-Cares Fund audit report was made public, It has been reported that Prime Minister Narendra Modi donated Rs 2.25 crore from his own pocket as the “initial” corpus to the PM Cares Fund. The prime minister made the donation right after the fund was set up.

Short for Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund, the amount collected under it is utilised in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Earlier, on Wednesday, The PM CARES Fund, set up in March to manage crisis circumstances like the COVID-19 pandemic, got Rs 3,076.62 crore in only five days of its formation, according to a record articulation disclosed by the fund audit report. 

The ‘receipt and payment account’ showed about Rs 3,075.85 crore as ‘voluntary contributions’, while Rs 39.67 lakh came as foreign contributions. It put the reserve’s end balance as on March 31, 2020 at Rs 3,076.62 crore, subsequent to including interest income and deducting service tax on forex change. 

The reserve began with an initial corpus of Rs 2.25 lakh, according to the account statement posted on the fund’s official site. It additionally alluded to “going with notes to the fiscal reports”, however those were not made public on the site. 

As indicated by subtleties posted on the site of the ‘Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM CARES Fund)’, the store comprises “totally of intentional contributions from people/associations and doesn’t get any budgetary help”. 

The reserve created a great deal of premium following Prime Minister Narendra Modi reported its arrangement of the store in the most recent seven day stretch of March after the COVID-19 episode and bid for gifts, provoking a few private firms, government bodies, and people, including VIPs, to give cash. 

The Fund’s destinations incorporate endeavor and supporting help or help of any sort identifying with a public health crisis or some other sort of crisis, catastrophe or pain, either man-made or common, including the creation or upgradation of human services or drug offices, other vital foundation, subsidizing applicable exploration or some other kind of help, as per its site. 

The government has utilized an aspect of the cash to purchase clinical hardware, including ventilators, to help the fight against the COVID-19 and has likewise given alleviation to travellers. Resistance groups have, nonetheless, scrutinized the Fund, asserting that its commitments and costs are not straightforward, a charge denied by the government. 

Responding to the account statement of the fund, Congress leader P Chidambaram said the inspectors of the store have affirmed that the fund got Rs 3,076 crore in only five days, however the “names of these generous donors won’t be uncovered”. 

A month ago, the Supreme Court would not immediately exchange commitments made to the PM CARES Fund to the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF). 

The top court had additionally decided that at this need of great importance no exemption can be taken to the constitution of an open beneficent trust PM CARES Fund to have fundamental budgetary assets to meet the emanant circumstance, including this store and the NDRF were totally various assets with isolated article and reason. 

The administrator (Prime Minister) has the ability to name three trustees to the leading body of trustees, who can be famous people in the field of examination, well-being, science, social work, law, policy management, and charity. Additionally, any individual delegated to a trustee will act in a free limit.


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