During the meeting, a presentation was made about various initiatives taken with the help of PM Cares including PM Cares for Children helping 4,345 children who have lost their families due to Covid-19.
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday invited members of the newly formed Board of Trustees of the Prime Minister's Citizen Assistance and Relief Fund in Emergency Situations (PM CARES Fund), former Supreme Court Justice KT Thomas, former Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker Karia Munda and had a meeting with Tata Sons Honorary Chairman Ratan Tata and lauded the countrymen for openly contributing to this fund.
This information was given on Wednesday in a statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office (PMO). In the meeting, it was decided to nominate Rajiv Mehrishi, former Comptroller and Auditor General of India, Sudha Murthy, former chairman of Infosys Foundation and Anand Shah, former executive officer of Indy Corp and Piramal Foundation, to the advisory board of PM Cares Fund.
According to the PMO, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, and newly appointed trustees Justice Thomas, Munda and Tata attended the meeting. During the meeting, a presentation was made about various initiatives taken with the help of PM Cares including PM Cares for Children helping 4,345 children who have lost their families due to Covid-19.
The role played by this fund in the Covid period was appreciated by the trustees, while the Prime Minister praised the countrymen for their generous contribution to PM Cares. According to the PMO, it was discussed in the meeting that not only through relief assistance but also through mitigation measures and capacity building, PM Cares has a greater vision to respond effectively to emergency and crisis situations.
According to the PMO, the Prime Minister said that with the participation of new trustees and advisors, the functioning of the PM Cares Fund will get a comprehensive view. He said that his vast experience in public life would give more impetus to making this fund more responsive to various public needs. It is noteworthy that after the outbreak of the Kovid-19 epidemic, the government established the PM Cares Fund to deal with any kind of emergency or crisis situation arising out of it.
During the year 2019-20, Rs 3976 crore was collected in this fund, which increased to Rs 10,990 crore in 2020-21. One thousand crore rupees were spent from this fund on migrant labourers while 1,392 crore rupees were given for making vaccines. A large amount of money has also been spent on setting up oxygen plants in all the districts of the country from the PM Cares Fund. After the announcement of PM Cares, a large number of people, institutions and government bodies also contributed to it.