This article quoted below is written by Vinita Deshmukh, an AAPiya...
lots of drum beating about the party she supports and its so called "transparency", if we ignore the noise then we do get some interesting points (highlighted & underlined) Is PM CARES Fund a Public Authority?
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As for the objective of the Prime Minister National Relief Fund, it states: “The resources of the PMNRF are now utilized primarily to render immediate relief to families of those killed in natural calamities like floods, cyclones and earthquakes, etc. and to the victims of major accidents and riots.
As for the objective of the Prime Minister National Relief Fund, it states: “The resources of the PMNRF are now utilized primarily to render immediate relief to families of those killed in natural calamities like floods, cyclones and earthquakes, etc. and to the victims of major accidents and riots. Assistance from PMNRF is also rendered to partially defray the expenses for medical treatment like heart surgeries, kidney transplantation, cancer treatment and acid attack etc.’’ Obviously, the coronavirus epidemic is new to Planet Earth so it could perhaps fall under 'natural calamities'
........ Shailesh Gandhi was at the forefront of the RTI campaign to bring the PM Relief Fund and CM Relief Fund under the RTI Act. In 2008, the CIC had ordered that PM and CM Relief funds have to be placed under RTI. However, the PMI Relief Fund website shows you a mere graph of funds collected and spent, with no details at all. So much for the people to show their trust in such funds,
I think Mafia queen or her chumchas must be using the PMNRF fund as per their will and fancy during UPA days & even after out of power days they still got to seat on high table just because the charter of PMNRF. So NAMO govt must be facing lots of roadblocks and tantrums of Mafia party's chief.
Thus this new PM Cares Fund was created. Hope after some time at an opportune moment GOI disbands PMNRF fund altogether. GOI should also bring appropriate transparency related checks and balances for PM CARES fund like bringing it under RTI, auditing it through CAG, proving detailed statements of income and expenditure of fund etc. https://www.moneylife.in/article/is-pm-cares-fund-a-public-authority/59914.html