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100 Former Civil Servants Raise Questions Over Transparency in PM-CARES Fund

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They mentioned it’s needed that, for causes of probity and adherence to requirements of public accountability, the monetary particulars of receipts and expenditures be made accessible so as to keep away from doubts of wrongdoing.

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  • Last Updated: January 16, 2021, 18:23 IST
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A bunch of 100 former civil servants wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday elevating questions over transparency within the PM-CARES Fund. They mentioned it’s needed that, for causes of probity and adherence to requirements of public accountability, the monetary particulars of receipts and expenditures be made accessible so as to keep away from 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 mentioned within 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 mentioned.

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, Ok P Fabian, Deb Mukharji, Sujatha Singh and former IPS officers A S Dulat, P G J Nampoothiri and Julio Ribeiro amongst others. In March final yr, the Centre arrange the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM-CARES) Fund with the first goal to take care of any type of emergency scenario just like the one presently posed by the COVID-19 outbreak and supply aid to these affected.

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