PM CARES Fund gets FCRA exemption without meeting pre-condition of CAG audit -Priscilla Jebaraj
Need to seek consent from PM CARES before giving info on FCRA exemption: MHA response to RTI
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).
Responding 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.
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The Hindu, 11 September, 2020, https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/pm-cares-fund-gets-fcra-exemption-without-meeting-pre-condition-of-cag-audit/article32584371.ece?fbclid=IwAR2qTmD8GAKzF0SOiZTpzLb8N5SxfHU9SAQphksEVCu65aPG3s75BTy_Iko