PM Modi had announced funds to fight the coronavirus Pandemic and to help the sufferers of it. To increase the facilities in the hospitaBombay High Courtls and to provide the necessities to the needy ones, he had started a fund with the name PM-CARES (Prime Minister’s Citizens Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situation Fund).
In respect of this, many people have questioned its system of operation and have demanded transparency as to where the funds have been used to date and how many funds are collected by now. In the same series of questions, Nagpur bench of Bombay high court has served notice to the Union Government. In its notice, the court has asked about the funds collected by now and how much of them are used and where they have used it. The court has taken these steps, addressing the petition filed by the Nagpur-based lawyer, Arvind Waghmare. In his petition, he demanded that the fund’s audit should be done through the Comptroller and Auditor General instead of an independent auditor to be nominated by a board of trustees. He also pleaded that the member of the committee should include at least 2 members from the opposition. The Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh had opposed the move and requested the court to dismiss the petition.
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According to The Hindustan Times, in his plea, Mr. Waghmare had said “PM Modi is the chairman of this PM CARES fund’s trust. Along with him Finance and Defence Minister are its members. At the time of the formation of this trust, it was said that three, well-known personalities will be made the trustees, but they are still not nominated. The fund has raised crore of donations. The government should give information about the funds collected on the website for the general public. The comptroller and auditor general should be made the auditor of this trust”. He further added that two of the members of opposition should be made the members of the trust.
On behalf of the Government, Additional solicitor general has opposed and sought dismal of the petition. He informed the court that the Supreme Court has already dismissed a similar petition in April. The bench of Justice SB Shukre and justice A S Gilore has decided to dismiss the plea of the government and ordered the government to file an affidavit within two weeks answering all the questions on the plea filed by Mr. Waghmare. The bench told that the government can put its stand in the affidavit.