The PM CARES Fund has received exemption from all provisions of the law meant to regulate foreign donations, although it does not seem to meet the pre-condition of being a body established and owned by the government whose accounts are audited by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG). Also read | Need for transparency: The Hindu Editorial on PM CARES FundResponding to a recent query under the Right to Information (RTI) Act asking for details and documents on the exemption, the Home Ministry said it had to “seek the consent” of PM CARES before giving out the information, as it would be considered a “third party” under the RTI Act. It also invoked the clause that allows information to be denied if it is held as part of a fiduciary relationship.According to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section on the PM CARES website, the Fund “has received exemption from operation of all provisions of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010” or FCRA. In the last few days of March, the Fund collected ₹39.68 lakh in foreign currency donations. It is not clear how much of the rupee donations were also from foreign sources.The FCRA is meant to regulate… Read full this story
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