TRANSFER FUND COLLECTED UNDER PM CARES FUND TO NDRF: SC ISSUES NOTICE ON A PLEA


Advocate Prashant Bhushan on behalf of Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL) filed a plea in Supreme Court seeking for setting up of a National Plan under Section 11 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, which makes it mandatory for a national plan to be drawn up for disaster management for whole of the country, which is currently not there to deal with ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The plea also stated, “Centre may be directed to utilize NDRF for the purpose of providing assistance in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic in compliance with Section 46 of the DM Act, all the contributions/grants from individuals and institutions shall be credited to the NDRF in terms of Section 46(1)(b) rather than to PM CARES Fund and all the funds collected in the PM Cares Fund to date may be directed to be transferred to the NDRF.”

On June 17, Wednesday, the Supreme Court bench comprising of Justice Ashok Bhushan, SK Kaul, and MR Shah issued a notice to the Central Government to transfer all funds from PM CARES Fund which was set up to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, to NDRF (National Disaster Response Fund) and even directed the Centre to file its reply affidavit within a period of 4 weeks.



By: Shifa Qureshi

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