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PM Care: Why no names? - Chidambaram again sings the same tune

By Ankita Mohanty

The former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram slams PMO for not revealing the name of the donors for the PM CARES fund whilst questioning the privilege it holds over any regular NGO or Trust.

In a series of tweets, Chidambaram inquires why the names of “generous donors” are not revealed. P Chidambaram tweets, “Every other NGO or Trust is obliged to reveal the names of donors contributing more than a threshold amount. Why is that the PM CARES FUND exempt from this obligation?”

He seeks answers by asking trustees the reasons for their reluctance to release names whilst both the “donee” and “trustees” are known. He alleged that it is “abundantly clear that the BJP government is making desperate efforts to shield the PM-CARES Fund from any kind of scrutiny”.

These tweets surfaced after the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on Wednesday revealed that it has garnered donations amounting to Rs 3,076 crore in the first five days of its formation. The data was released in the first audited report of payments and receipts of the PM CARES Fund for FY20 which was set up with the initial investment worth Rs 2.25 lakh on March 27.

It’s interesting to note that this revelation has come to light after facing several criticisms from the opposition demanding to be more transparent in their transaction. Multiple pleas seeking to know details of the fund have also been filed in the court. In June, the PMO had rejected an RTI application seeking details of donations stating that the "Fund is not a public authority under RTI Act". The PM CARES fund was registered as a Public Charitable Trust.

And now that it’s finally revealed, the name of the donors remains under the shadow further stretching the mystery.

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