New Delhi: The PM-Cares Fund received Rs 3,076 crore till March 31, an audit report showed on Wednesday. However, there was no information regarding the donations received after March. Also Read - Chidambaram Says Farm Bills 2020 Undermine Food Security System, Slams BJP For ‘Maligning’ Cong's 2019 Manifesto
The report, which is made public on the PM-Cares Fund website, shows the final balance of the account to be Rs 30,76,62,58,096. Of the total amount, Rs 3,075.85 crore is known to have come from domestic contribution while 39.67 lakh from foreign contribution. The details of the donors have not been made public by the government yet. Also Read - TMC MP Attacks PM CARES Fund in Parliament, Accuses Centre of No Preparation to Deal With Coronavirus
Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram took to Twitter to question why the “names of these generous donors not been revealed.” Also Read - PM-CARES Fund: Prime Minister Modi Donated Rs 2.25 Lakh From His Own Pocket as 'Initial Corpus', Says Report
“But the names of these generous donors will not be revealed. Why?
“Every other NGO or Trust is obliged to reveal the names of donors contributing more than a threshold amount. Why is the PM CARES FUND exempt from this obligation?
“The donee is known. The trustees of the donee are known. Why are the trustees afraid to reveal the names of the donors?,” Chidambaram sought to know identities of donors in a series of tweets.
Notably, this comes at a time when the opposition has been demanding more transparency with the PM-Cares Fund. Multiple pleas seeking to know details of the fund have also been filed in courts.
The PM-CARES fund was formed on March 27 this year, three days into the lockdown, and is headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Other ex-officio members of the trust are Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
Recently, the Supreme Court said the funds from the PM-CARES Fund need not be transferred to the National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF) and individuals can voluntarily contribute to the NDRF. The apex court had dismissed a petition seeking transfer of all funds from PM CARES Fund to NDRF.