Centre defends PM CARES Fund in apex courtroom

New Delhi, July 9

The Centre on Thursday defended the PM CARES Fund earlier than the Supreme Court, saying existence of the National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF) didn’t prohibit institution of a brand new fund.

In an affidavit filed within the SC, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) stated the PM CARES Fund supplied for voluntary donations to be made to it and there was no have to switch donations acquired in a single fund to a different.

The affidavit has been filed in response to a petition searching for switch of cash acquired within the PM CARES Fund to NDRF.

The SC had on June 17 issued discover to the Centre and sought to know if a nationwide plan underneath NDMA had been framed or not. The petitioner had alleged that the Centre was not divulging details about particular utilisation of the PM CARES Fund until date. But the MHA stated, “There are several funds which are either established earlier or now for carrying out various relief works. PM CARES is one such fund with voluntary donations.” — TNS

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