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RTI Plea Seeking Details On PM-CARES Fund Denied By PMO

Lawstreet Journal 20 Aug 2020 2:52am

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On May 26, RTI (Right to information) activist Commodore Lokesh Batra (retired) filed an RTI application seeking details of the total number of RTI applications received by the PMO since April 2020 and the RTI applications disposed of. On not getting a response to his query, Batra sent a reminder to the deputy secretary and first appellate authority in the PMO on July 16, stating that though 52 days have passed, he has still not received any reply to his query.

Finally, on August 14, the prime minister’s office responded with the overall data but refused to divulge information specific to the two funds. It denied giving information to Right to Information activist, saying it would “disproportionately divert the resources.”

PM Cares an acronym for Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations was set up in March with the stated objective of being a “dedicated national fund” to deal with “any kind of emergency or distress situation”. Narendra Modi is the fund’s chairperson and senior Cabinet members serve as trustees. Opposition parties have questioned the need to create the reserve when Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund is already in existence. They have also expressed doubts about the fund’s transparency. 

In the past, an over-guarded PMO has warded off all attempts to garner information about the PM-CARES Fund, which was set up to meet the challenges arising out of the COVID-19 crisis and attracted donations running into thousands of crores. In May, PMO stated that the fund is not a public authority… Continue Reading...

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