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    100 former civil servants raise questions over transparency in PM-CARES Fund

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    "We have been keenly following the ongoing debate about the Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations, or 'PM-CARES', -- a fund created for the benefit of people affected by the COVID pandemic. Both the purpose for which it has been created as well as the way it has been administered have left a number of questions unanswered," they said in the letter.

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    NEW DELHI: A group of 100 former civil servants wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday raising questions over transparency in the PM-CARES Fund. They said it is necessary that, for reasons of probity and adherence to standards of public accountability, the financial details of receipts and expenditures be made available in order to avoid doubts of wrongdoing.

    "We have been keenly following the ongoing debate about the Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations, or 'PM-CARES', -- a fund created for the benefit of people affected by the COVID pandemic. Both the purpose for which it has been created as well as the way it has been administered have left a number of questions unanswered," they said in the letter.

    "It is essential that the position and stature of the Prime Minister is kept intact by ensuring total transparency in all dealings the Prime Minister is associated with," they said.

    The letter was signed by former IAS officers Anita Agnihotri, S P Ambrose, Sharad Behar, Sajjad Hassan, Harsh Mander, P Joy Oommen, Aruna Roy, former diplomats Madhu Bhaduri, K P Fabian, Deb Mukharji, Sujatha Singh and former IPS officers A S Dulat, P G J Nampoothiri and Julio Ribeiro among others.

    In March last year, the Centre set up the Prime Minister's Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM-CARES) Fund with the primary objective to deal with any kind of emergency situation like the one currently posed by the COVID-19 outbreak and provide relief to those affected.
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    17 Comments on this Story

    Manoranjan Dutta41 days ago
    Did these civil servants who were mostly members of the unconstitutional body, NAC of the super PM Sonia Gandhi ever raise any question why Congress party President is a permanent member in the PM Relief Fund committee of the Govt?
    Ajay Gupta42 days ago
    These rubbish civil servants are the reason we are in poor shape today. Instead, an income tax raid should be done on these 100 guys. They are finding it difficult to do corruption hence the drama.
    MOdi is smart , he knows he is not doing anything wrong and more the call grows , more opposition will jump in and when it is too much he will open and get public sympathy
    Raman 42 days ago
    Another hide and seek played by Modi and BJP. The person at the highest office wants to hide the usage of funds under PM cares but has no problem seeking funds. Any respectable person holding the highest office of the country would have been transparent. But Modi doesn't belong to that category. What a lame person today India has as PM.
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