PM Cares Fund: Why questions even after the Supreme Court verdict

The Supreme Court on Tuesday handed down a landmark judgment amid opposition and activists making allegations against the government over the PM Cares Fund.

The Supreme Court has ruled that the Prime Minister’s Citizens’ Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situation (PM CARE) fund does not need to be transferred to the National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF).

The Supreme Court has dismissed a petition filed by an NGO called the Center for Public Interest Litigation. The PM said it could not direct the Cares Fund to transfer the money to the NTRF.

The NGO asked the court to direct the government to transfer the PM Cares Fund funds during the corona. The company, which had raised questions about the fund in its petition, alleged that the Center was evading the PM Cares Fund by not disclosing how much funding it had received so far.

Congress response to the verdict

Responding to the Supreme Court decision, Congress said it was a serious breach of transparency and accountability.

Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, “The Supreme Court has had the opportunity to bring transparency in this fund with its vague and dubious policies.”

The apex court, headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan, said in its judgment that “donations to the NDRF can always be made voluntarily as there is no constitutional impediment to the Disaster Management Act”.