PM Cares Fund is not a government of India fund. The amount collected under it does not go to the Consolidated Fund of India. According to Article 266(1) of the Constitution, all the money received by the government of India and the expenses incurred, excluding some exceptions, are a part of the Consolidates Fund of India. But since PM Cares fund cannot be classified as a Govt. of India fund (According to the PMO), it is not a part of the consolidated fund.
A petition was filed that sought to declare the fund a “State” under the Constitution to ensure transparency. To counter this petition, the Centre filed an affidavit that read “To ensure transparency, the audit report is put on the official website of the trust along with details about the utilization of the funds recieved,”. The affidavit stated that the fund cannot come under RTI as it is not permissable to disclose 3rd party information.
What is PM Cares Fund? Why people are skepical about it?
The fund was started on 27 March 2020, during the peak stages of COVID in India. It was created for dealing with situations of emergency and distress. During 2019-20, a sum of 3076.62 crores was collected under the name of PM Cares Fund.
Lately, a lot of questions have been raised regarding the transparency of the PM Cares Fund. Even Civil servants have put forth their skepticism about the trust. A group of formal civil servants wrote an open letter to the PM. The letter questioned why the Home minister, the Finance minister, the Defence minister and the PM himself were the trustees of the fund. That too in their official capacity and not as private citizens.
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