Heated conflict over PM Cares Fund in Lok Sabha

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, Sept 18

The Opposition and the ruling BJP clashed over organising of the PM Cares Fund within the Lok Sabha on Friday.

Congress Leader of the House in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary requested what number of Chinese corporations had donated within the fund that was arrange in March this yr.

Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur whereas replying to Chaudhary mentioned the PM Relief Fund was created by Jawahar Lal Nehru and functioned with none sanction. He alleged, “The fund was created for self-benefits.”

Thakur added that the PM Cares Fund created by Narendra Modi was completely constitutional.  

Chaudhary retorted saying have we mentioned that Modi was stealing from funds, how did he (Thakur) use such phrases for Nehru. “He is lowering the respect of the Chair of Speaker,” he instructed Speaker Om Birla.    

Gaurav Gogoi of Congress demanded that Thakur ought to apologise for his feedback.

Kalyan Banerjee of Trinamool Congress (TMC), in the meantime, accused the Speaker of “protecting” the BJP members. Referring to the Chair, he mentioned, “You tell us to sit down and you don’t say anything to BJP members who shout. You are protecting the BJP and not allowing us to speak.”

The heated trade of phrases led the Speaker, who warned the warring members to take a seat down, adjourn the Lok Sabha for 40 minutes at 3:50 pm.

The situation had flared up when after Finance Minister Nirmala Sithraman tabled the “Taxation and Other Laws (Relaxation and Amendment of Certain Provisions) Bill, 2020”.

Anurag Thakur mentioned the Opposition had been protesting in opposition to the PM Care Fund, created in March this yr. The Supreme Court has rejected the competition of this being unconstitutional.

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor questioned the PM Cares Fund and the tax exemptions to it and why it’s being exempted from audit.

Manish Tewari whereas protesting the tabling of the Bill mentioned it made modification to eight completely different Acts. He cited a clause saying it permits the Centre to keep away from paying the GST dues to states.

Sitharaman assured the House, “We are not running away from responsibility. We have not said that we will not pay the states. The PM often has said that money has to go on times to states.”

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