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PM CARES FUND

8th May, 2023 POLITY AND GOVERNANCE

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Context: Foreign donations to the Prime Minister's Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM CARES Fund) totalled Rs 535.44 crore over the last three years.

Details

  • During the three years 2019-22, the PM CARES Fund received a total of Rs 12,691.82 crore in voluntary donations (Rs 12,156.39 crore) and foreign contributions (Rs 535.43 crore).

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PRACTICE QUESTION

Q. Consider the following statement about the PM-CARES Fund.

1. It is a Public authority under RTI Act.

2. It was set up as a Public charitable trust.

3. The Ministry of Home Affairs is the ex-officio Chairman of the PM CARES Fund.

Which of the following Statement is/are incorrect?

(A) 1 and 2 only

(B) 2 and 3 only

(C) 1 and 3 only

(D) 1, 2 and 3

Answer: C

Explanation:

Statement 1 is incorrect:  The Union Government has said that PM-CARES is not a public authority under RTI and it accepts voluntary donations by individuals and institutions and any contributions flowing out of budgetary sources of government are not accepted.

Statement 2 is correct: The Union Government has informed the High Court of Delhi that the PM CARES Fund was not created under the Constitution or any law made by the Parliament or the state legislature, It was set up as a public charitable trust.

Statement 3 is incorrect: Prime Minister is the ex-officio Chairman of the PM CARES Fund and the Minister of Defence, Minister of Home Affairs and Minister of Finance, of the Government of India, are ex-officio Trustees of the Fund.

https://indianexpress.com/article/india/pm-cares-fund-receives-rs-535-crore-as-foreign-donations-in-three-years-8597125/