New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded people for contributing wholeheartedly to PM CARES Fund as he chaired its meeting which was also attended by newly-nominated Trustees Justice K.T. Thomas, former Deputy Lok Sabha Speaker Kariya Munda and industrialist Ratan Tata, the PMO said yesterday.
Modi chaired a meeting of the Board of Trustees of the PM CARES Fund on Tuesday during which a presentation was made on the various initiatives undertaken with the help of PM CARES Fund, including the PM CARES for Children scheme which is supporting 4,345 children, a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said.
The meeting was attended by PM CARES Fund Trustees Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Newly nominated Trustees of the PM CARES Fund — Justice Thomas, former Supreme Court Judge; former Deputy Lok Sabha Speaker Munda and Ratan Tata, Chairman Emeritus, Tata Sons — also attended the meeting.
The Trustees appreciated the role played by the Fund at “a crucial time for the country”. Prime Minister Modi appreciated the people of the country for contributing wholeheartedly to the PM CARES Fund, the statement said.
The Trust also decided to nominate some eminent persons for the constitution of the Advisory Board to PM CARES Fund, including Rajiv Mehrishi, former Comptroller and Auditor General of India; Sudha Murty, former Chairperson, Infosys Foundation; Anand Shah, Co-founder of Teach for India and former CEO of Indicorps and Piramal Foundation.
Prime Minister Modi said the participation of new Trustees and Advisors will provide a wider perspective on the functioning of the PM CARES Fund, according to a statement. He said their “vast experience of public life would impart further vigour in making the fund more responsive to various public needs.”
The PM CARES Fund, set up to deal with emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic, saw its corpus grow nearly three-fold to Rs. 10,990 crore in the 2020-21 fiscal, while the disbursal rose to Rs. 3,976 crore, according to the latest audited statement.
The disbursal included Rs. 1,000 crore for migrant welfare and over Rs. 1,392 crore for procurement of Covid vaccine doses. The Fund received flak as it was formed as a Trust and is not a Government of India Fund, so does not come under the purview of the Right To Information Act, nor was it part of the Consolidated Fund of India.
really? are people blind?
So Narendra Modi will provide oxygen supplies to all poor patients in hospitals who are stuck with Covid infection this time, using this fund?
He failed the last time, which saw thousands of poor patients died because of lack of oxygen supplies, where as the limited oxygen supplies were given to VIP patients of politicians, officials and the rich, taking them away from poor patients.
Sudha Murthy? Oh, the wife of the Infosyts co-founder who ran the IT sweatshops employing IT tech coolies, who come cheap in international terms. Mrs Murthy, paid hundreds of millions of USDs for her son-in-law as Dowry, which jhe used as a MP in Britain to stand for PM election and was found out and was soundly defeated.