PM Cares Fund is Not Govt Fund: PMO

Narendra Modi

New Delhi, 31 January (HS): The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), in its affidavit filed in the Delhi High Court, has said that the PM Cares Fund is not a government fund which is why PM Cares Fund does not come under the definition of public authority under the RTI.

The affidavit filed in the High Court states that the PM Cares Fund has been constituted as a Public Charitable Trust, and neither the central government nor any state government has control over the PM Cares Fund. The PMO has said that the PM Cares Fund takes money from voluntary donations from people and organisations and does not accept any budgetary provision or money coming from the balance sheet of a public undertaking.

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In September 2022, the High Court had given time to the Central Government to file a detailed affidavit on the demand to declare the PM Cares Fund as a government fund. The High Court, in July 2022, had directed the Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office to file a detailed affidavit on the matter. The court had expressed displeasure over the filing of a one-page affidavit by the Prime Minister’s Office on the matter.

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The petitioner’s lawyer Shyam Dewan, during the hearing on April 26, 2022, had said that the Prime Minister and other cabinet ministers are on constitutional posts and cannot be allowed to run this fund privately. This fund is closely linked to the Prime Minister of the country. Defence Minister, Home Minister and Finance Minister are ex-officio members on the board of this trust. He had said that as soon as the word ex-officio appears, it means that whoever will sit on that post will be included in the board.

(This story has not been edited by Hubli Express staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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