Prime minister of India Narendra Modi formed a special fund collection entity like PM-NDRF on 28th march 2020 amid coronavirus crisis in the country. Moto of the PM Cares fund is to tackle the financial loss caused to the country due to coronavirus pandemic and long nationwide lockdown. After the official release of it by PM Modi, people have started donating as much as they can to help their proud nation India.
After 2 months of its launch, people wanted to know about the total collection of this fund as it was initially launched as a public authority and anyone from India can ask the government about total collection and expenses.
But now as per the latest news, it does not seem like the public funds, it’s become clear when an RTI has been filed to know the total collection till now. The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has refused to disclose details on the creation and operation of the PM CARES Fund, as per the PMO media report the fund is “not a public authority” under the ambit of the RTI Act, 2005.
As per a report by Scroll.in on 30 May “A law student from Bengaluru had filed an RTI application in April 2020, asking details about the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM-CARES Fund). The applicant had asked for copies of the fund’s trust deed and all government orders related to its creation and functioning” but didn’t get an answer as it was expected. Now opposition starts claiming that the BJP government is hiding financial things and using the public for their personal benefits.