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Prime Minister's National Relief Fund (PMNRF) Not A 'Public Authority' Under RTI Act, 2005: PMO

Lawstreet Journal 25 Oct 2020 3:09am

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The Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) was firstly instituted in 1948 with an appeal made by the then Prime Minister Late Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru for public contributions to assist help towards the displaced persons from Pakistan. Later on, the fund was being utilized to help and support the people affected by natural calamities like flood, cyclone. Earthquake etc. The fund was also being in use for the people killed or injured in major road accidents or communal riots.

Mr. Abhimanyu Srivastav has filed a petition regarding integrating the PMNRF into the RTI act, 2005. Mr. Srivastav has challenged in his petition to sought information related to the trustees of the PMNRF, documents related to the constitution of PMNRF. He has also further wanted the information regarding any of the opposition members who are or were being a part of the trustees in the PMNRF. 

An application has been filed by Retd. Commodore Lokesh Batra for seeking information about PMNRF through RTI. Deputy Secretary and appellate authority Amrik Singh observed that the RTI seeking information on PMNRF was filed on April 21. After he had examined the records, Singh noted that even after a considerable time, the final response has not been provided. “The PMO is directed to provide the final response (on PMNRF) to the applicant within 25 working days from the date of issue of this letter,” said Singh. 

Batra had sought a list of files that have details on the creation of PMNRF. He wanted files that have information on… Continue Reading...


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