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India: PM Cares Fund is Not A Govt. Fund, Says Central Government

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Staff Writer, TLR

Published on July 14, 2023, 17:41:00


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In a rather peculiar turn of events, a petition concerning the PM Cares Fund, which had received quite a lot of funding during the pandemic season from individuals and businesses across the country, has resulted in the govt. arguing that the said fund is not a government fund. According to an affidavit filed by an Under Secretary in the Prime Minister's Office, neither the Central Government nor any State Government/s has any direct or indirect influence over the Fund's operations in any way. Furthermore, the fund is not a part of any Central Government scheme or enterprise, and because it is a public trust, it is not subject to audit by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG). According to the Centre's comments, the PM-CARES Fund is not a "public authority" as defined by Section 2(h) of the RTI Act. The petitioner has sought information on the legal status of the PM Cares Fund. Questions surrounding the use of this fund for facing the COVID-19 crisis had created ripples of arguments and to-and-fro between the supporters and members of the ruling party and the opposition. The petition has been adjourned.