PM 'CARES' The Next Big Scam? RTI Activist Says Govt Domain Misused
The guidelines issued by the Central government make it clear that the “gov. in” domain is not issued to any other entities, institutions, or organizations besides the Government of India. “Also, in trying to cover up this fraud, NIC has refused to furnish a copy of the "gov.in" website allocation request that was received from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) for PM CARES”, further questioning “How did a private fund collect 32,000+ crores illegally using a govt website?”. The official website of the PM CARES fund says that it is established as a “public charitable trust”. Recently, a petition was filed in the Delhi High Court which submitted that it should be included in the definition of “state” under Article 12 of the Constitution, and also that it should be brought under the ambit of the RTI Act. Responding to the petition, the Centre contended that the Prime Mininster Citizens Assistance And Relief In Emergency Situation Fund (PM-CARES) is not a government fund and the monies it receives do not go into the treasury of the Government of India and it therefore has no control over the fund. Therefore, the Centre had argued that the PM CARES fund cannot be brought under the ambit of the RTI Act and neither can it be declared as part of the “state”.
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