Jaipur: The Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM-CARES) fund that has been stated as not a “public authority” under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005, by the prime minister’s office (PMO), has received massive salary contributions from various government agencies.
According to a recent Indian Express report, the Indian Armed Forces have also made significant contributions to this fund from the salaries of their personnel.
The PM-CARES fund was set up on March 27, 2020, as an emergency measure for disaster relief during the coronavirus pandemic. The PMO – which manages the fund – has refused to divulge information under the RTI Act, claiming that the fund is not a “public authority” under the Act.
By March 31 itself, the body had a corpus of Rs 3,076 crore of which Rs 3,075.85 crore was listed as “voluntary contributions”.
Here’s a list of significant contributions made so far to PM-CARES:
Indian Air Force
The IAF, through its personnel, has contributed a total of Rs 29.18 crore to PM-CARES Fund from April to October, it disclosed in an RTI response to the Indian Express.
In April, its contribution stood at Rs 25.03 crore, in May at Rs 75.24 lakh, in June at Rs 1.08 crore, in July at Rs 73.93 lakh, August at Rs 61.18 lakh, September at Rs 50.27 lakh and in October at Rs 46.70 lakh.
The Indian Navy contributed a total of Rs 16.77 crore between April to October to PM-CARES fund – Rs 12.41 crore through the officers and sailors, and Rs 4.36 crore through its civilian personnel.
The RTI response further stated that the integrated headquarters under the Ministry of Defence (Navy) doesn’t have the information of the contribution made from other heads.
The Indian Army has contributed Rs 157.71 crore to this fund. The additional directorate general of public information (ADG PI) provided this information through Twitter. The tweet on May 15 stated that the said amount was “one day salary” for the month of April 2020.
Public sector banks
In all, seven public sector banks including the Reserve Bank of India contributed Rs 204.75 crore.
Central educational institutions
From the staff salaries, numerous centrally run educational institutions contributed Rs 21.81 crore.
About 101 PSUs have contributed Rs 154.70 crore from the staff salaries to the fund and 98 others contributed a total of Rs 2,422.87 crore from their CSR funds.