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Supreme Court gives stamp of approval to PM CARES; quashes plea seeking transfer of funds to NDR

The Supreme Court on Tuesday gave its stamp of approval to the PM CARES Fund and dismissed a plea that sought the transfer of funds from PM CARES to the National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF). The Court also held that there was not a need for a fresh national disaster relief plan for COVID-19, observing that the minimum standards of relief as issued under the existing Disaster Management Act were enough.

The top court clarified in its order on the utilization of PM CARES Fund for national disaster management, that the PM CARES Fund money cannot be directed to be deposited or transferred to the National Disaster Relief Fund. While disposing of the petition urging to do so, the Supreme Court also observed that there is no need for a fresh national disaster relief plan.

The Supreme Court, however, said that the central government is free to transfer the funds to NDRF as it deems fit and that individuals are at liberty to donate to the NDRF.