SC’s PM-CARES choice: BJP hails verdict, assaults Rahul; Cong calls it ‘body blow to transparency’

New Delhi, August 18

The Supreme Court choice on the PM CARES Fund evoked contrasting reactions from the BJP and the Congress on Tuesday, with the ruling celebration hailing it as a “resounding blow to the nefarious designs” of Rahul Gandhi and the opposition celebration describing it as a “body blow to transparency”.

The apex courtroom has refused to direct the Centre to switch the contributions made to the PM CARES Fund for battling the COVID-19 pandemic to the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF), saying each are completely completely different funds with separate object and goal.

“Transparency is writ large in the PM CARES Fund,” BJP chief and Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad informed a press convention, rubbishing the Congress’ criticism on the difficulty.

Reacting to the judgement, BJP president JP Nadda mentioned it was a “resounding blow to the nefarious designs” of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and his “band of rent a cause” activists.

“The country very well knows that the orchestrated smear campaign against PM CARES is an attempt by the Congress to wash its sins,” he mentioned.

Expressing disappointment over the decision, Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala mentioned the apex courtroom let go a possibility to usher in transparency within the fund, which has “its own opaque and murky rules”, and, thereby, deviated from the assumption that “sunlight is the best disinfectant”.

“The SC judgment is a body blow to transparency and accountability of government to people. It marks a sad letter day for responsibility and answerability of rulers to the electorate and remind them that they are not ‘Monarchs’ but ‘servants of the people’,” he mentioned.

“SC scrupulously believed that ‘sunlight is the best disinfectant’. Today, the court, in a departure from that tradition, passed up an opportunity to demand answers on the PM Cares Fund that seeks public money but plays by its own opaque & murky rules,” he mentioned in one other tweet.

At a press briefing, Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera mentioned the ruling was a “jolt to all those people who are seeking transparency”.

“This is not Narendra Modi’s money. This is not Narendra Modi’s individual fund; this is the Prime Minister’s fund, meant for the people, who demand transparency. The people want to know—where did you get the money from, where have you spent it?” he mentioned.

The SC judgement got here on a PIL filed by NGO ‘Centre for Public Interest Litigation’, in search of a course that every one the cash collected beneath the PM CARES Fund for the COVID-19 pandemic be transferred to the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF).

A Bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan mentioned there isn’t any statutory prohibition for the Centre on utilising the NDRF for offering help within the battle of COVID-19 in accordance with the rules issued for administration of the NDRF.

Targeting Gandhi and the Congress, Prasad informed reporters that the apex courtroom has destroyed the “conspiracy” sponsored by them.

“Transparency is writ large in the PM CARES Fund both in the terms of legal requirement and the management of the fund received,” he mentioned, including that there isn’t any corruption allegation towards the Modi authorities within the six years of its rule up to now.

The minister underscored that the fund will likely be audited, as he accused Gandhi of sparing no effort to weaken the nation’s resolve in its battle towards COVID-19.

“The verdict by the Supreme Court on PM CARES is a resounding blow to the nefarious designs of Rahul Gandhi and his band of ‘rent a cause’ activists. It shows that the truth shines despite the ill intent and malicious efforts of the Congress party and its associates,” Nadda tweeted.

Coming down closely on Gandhi, the BJP chief mentioned his “rants” have been repeatedly dismissed by the frequent man who has “overwhelmingly” contributed to the PM CARES Fund.

With the best courtroom additionally announcing its verdict, will Rahul and his “rent a cause activist army” mend their methods or embarrass themselves additional, he requested.

The BJP president alleged that the Gandhi household handled Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) as its “personal fiefdom for decades and brazenly transferred citizens’ hard-earned money from PMNRF to its family trusts”.

Gandhi had on Monday tweeted “PM CARES for Right To Improbity” whereas tagging a information report which alleged that the Prime Minister’s Office had denied an RTI utility in search of data on the Fund.

Prasad mentioned the PM CARES Fund is a registered public belief created to battle emergencies just like the coronavirus and added it has up to now contributed Rs 3,100 crore within the battle towards the pandemic.

Out of this, Rs 2,000 crore was spent on procuring over 50 thousand ventilators, Rs 1,000 crore was given to states to assist migrant labourers and Rs 100 crore for vaccine analysis, he mentioned.

This is the best variety of ventilators made obtainable for essential care in a single go since independence, he mentioned. PTI

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