Rs 157 crore from Central staff pay rates for PM Cares; over 93% from Railways

PM Cares

PM Cares: From the biggest government manager Railways to the Department of Space, 50 divisions under the Center have contributed Rs 157.23 crore from staff pay rates to the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM CARES) support, RTI records got to by The Indian Express show. Finishing off the rundown with Rs 146.72 crore, the Railways said in its RTI reaction that the sum “has been added to PM CARES Fund through a commitment from representatives”.

In view of RTI reactions got, the Department of Space is next on this rundown with over Rs 5.18 crore. In its reaction, the office expressed: “Commitment made by representatives is in their individual limit… through their compensation”. In any case, a few key offices, for example, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), those under the Ministry of Home Affairs, and enormous bosses, for example, the Department of Posts, didn’t react to RTI inquiries from The Indian Express.

The PMO, which likewise deals with the reserve, had prior declined to outfit subtleties of the commitments got. “PM CARES Fund is anything but a public authority under the ambit of Section 2(h) of the RTI Act. Be that as it may, significant data in regard to PM CARES Fund might be seen on the site pmcares.gov.in,” it said in an RTI reaction.

The reserve was set up on March 28 this year following the Covid flare-up and had a corpus of Rs 3,076.62 crore by March 31 itself, of which Rs 3,075.85 crore were recorded as “intentional commitments”, as per the site.

Up until now, RTI inquiries documented by The Indian Express have uncovered commitments of Rs 2,105 crore by 38 PSUs from Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) reserves — and Rs 204.75 crore from seven public banks and other monetary establishments, aside from Rs 21.81 crore by a few focal instructive foundations, all from staff pay rates.

Finishing off the rundown with Rs 146.72 crore, the Railways said in its RTI reaction that the sum “has been added to PM CARES Fund through a commitment from workers”.

The information on focal government offices depends on RTI reactions got until Tuesday to questions sent from August to September. There are 89 offices under 59 services — 50 of them, under 43 services, reacted to the RTI inquiries.

The Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Department of Agriculture Research and Education (DARE), and Department of Pharmaceuticals denied the data. DBT said the data “may not serve any open intrigue”; DARE expressed that it is “outsider data”; and, the Department of Pharmaceuticals repeated the PMO’s line: “PM Cares Fund is anything but a public authority under RTI Act.”

A portion of the divisions sent the RTI inquiry to the PMO, which emphasized that the store is “not a public position” under the Act. In different reactions, the Ministry of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change contributed Rs 1.14 crore from staff pay rates. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) expressed that Rs 43.26 lakh “has been deducted during the period March to August 2020 from the pay of the authorities on the compensation moves of the Ministry” for the reserve.

As a major aspect of its RTI reaction, the MEA appended a tweet dated April 4 by Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla expressing that “MEA’s commitment” to PM CARES has “gone up to Rs 2.2 crore”. In any case, the reaction didn’t indicate whether the commitment was from staff compensations or different sources.

The Department of Defense, under the Ministry of Defense (Civil), said its staff contributed Rs 26.20 lakh from compensations while representatives from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare contributed with Rs 18.51 lakh.

The Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances, and Pensions, which contains three divisions and capacities straightforwardly under the Prime Minister, reacted that it contributed Rs 16.91 lakh from staff pay rates. Furthermore, workers of the President’s Secretariat contributed Rs 12.05 lakh.

Aside from the 50 offices that together contributed Rs 157.23 crore, representatives of the secretariats of Lok Sabha (Rs 52.54 lakh) and Rajya Sabha (Rs 36.39 lakh) added to the reserve from their pay rates.

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