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PM CARES "Not A Government Fund", Prime Minister's Office Tells High Court

-PTI/ NDTV.com An affidavit filed by an Under Secretary in the PMO who is discharging his functions in the PM CARES Trust on honorary basis said the trust functions with transparency and its funds are audited by an auditor - a chartered accountant drawn from the panel prepared by Comptroller and Auditor General.  New Delhi: The PM CARES Fund is not a Government of India fund and the amount collected by it...

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PMO Restricts MeitY From Revealing How PM CARES Got 'gov.in' Domain Name -Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar

-TheWire.in With the Prime Minister's Office insisting that the Fund is not a public authority, an application had sought information about how it received a domain name that was exclusively restricted to government websites. New Delhi: The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) recently restrained the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) from disclosing in response to an application filed under the Right to Information Act (RTI) as to how the PM CARES...

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‘PM CARES has paid only for three-fourths of ventilators ordered in April 2020’ -Priscilla Jebaraj

-The Hindu More than 16,000 machines from private manufacturers yet to be installed: Health Ministry data More than a year after the PM CARES fund announced it would buy and distribute 50,000 ventilators for ₹2,000 crore, only ₹1,532 crore has been released, according to a Health Ministry response to a Right to Information request filed by Commodore Lokesh Batra (Retd). The remaining money is awaiting clearance from the fund, said an official. A...

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Bihar to provide monthly Rs.1,500 to children orphaned by COVID-19 -Amarnath Tewary

-The Hindu They will be housed in State child care centres, says Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Patna: The Bihar government on Sunday said it would provide Rs.1,500 each month to those children who have lost their parents to COVID-19 in the State. The children will get the financial assistance till the age of 18 and will be housed in State child care centres. “Those children who have lost their both parents or, at...

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Vaccines bought first using PM CARES funds cost Centre more -Priscilla Jebaraj and Jacob Koshy

-The Hindu Current price negotiated through bulk orders may not be replicable: Finance Secy The first lot of vaccines were procured by the Centre using PM CARES funds at a higher rate than the subsequent rounds paid for by budgetary allocations, The Hindu has learnt from the response to a Right to Information request by a transparency activist. The Health Ministry response said that the initial 5.6 crore doses of Covishield were bought...

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