SC reserves order on plea for transferring funds collected in PM CARES Fund to NDRF


New Delhi, July 27

The Supreme Court reserved its order on Monday on a plea, which has mentioned all the cash collected below the PM CARES Fund for the COVID-19 pandemic must be transferred to the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF).

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, showing for the Centre, informed a bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan that the PM CARES Fund is a “voluntary fund”, whereas funds to the NDRF and SDRF are made obtainable by way of budgetary allocations.

Senior advocate Dushyant Dave, showing for petitioner NGO Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL), mentioned they don’t seem to be doubting the bona fide of anybody however the creation of the PM CARES Fund is allegedly in contravention of provisions of the Disaster Management Act.

He claimed that an audit of the NDRF is being performed by the Comptroller and Auditor-General (CAG) however the authorities has mentioned the audit of the PM CARES Fund will probably be executed by personal auditors.

The Supreme Court has reserved its order on the problem raised within the petition concerning transferring the cash collected below the PM CARES Fund to the NDRF.

On June 17, the apex court docket had requested the Centre to file its response on the plea, which has sought a course that every one the contributions made by people and establishments for the COVID-19 pandemic must be credited to the NDRF, somewhat than to the PM CARES Fund. PTI



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