PM CARES FUND: SHROUDED IN SECRECY
By Karina Fanibanda & Ayush Jain
On 28 March 2020 Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi announced to create brand new a fund to pool out donations from people who are capable of helping those people who are most affected in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Even though the Fund collected a lot of contributions from all over the country, several interrogations and objections were raised. Controversies have been growing as groups of civil media houses and a political opponent attacked the provisions who submitted that the PM Cares fund was not to be audited by the CAG and was accountable only to the PM. For a time being, the issue has become a heated talk where the courts have also allegedly adopted a very moderate stand in deciding the related cases.
PM CARES Fund is a Public charitable trust created by the Government of India to provide relief to people affected by the COVID-19. The head of the fund is the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi himself. Other ex-official members of the trust are Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, and Nirmala Sitharaman. Many questions arose on the transparency of the PM Cares fund like creation of the PM CARES fund, about the RTI queries, i.e. what is the amount of money collected? and about how the expenditure of money will happen? etc.
This article is a critical analysis of the action of the government in establishing the ‘PM CARES Fund’, and it attempts to cover and analyze various controversies that have been registered throughout the scenario.
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