Government companies have donated generously to the PM Care Fund created during the Kovid period. In the last 2 years, it has been more than Rs 2900 crore.
The government had created the PM Care Fund in March 2020 to provide necessary help to the people during the crisis of Kovid. However, it was criticized a lot at that time because the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund is already there in the country. But between 2019-20 to 2021-22, government companies have given a lot of money in this relief fund. The contribution of government companies has been more than Rs 2,900 crore.
Primeinfobase.com has done an analysis regarding the donations received in PM Cares. According to this, 57 such companies in which the government has a stake or which are under the government, have donated a total of Rs 2,913.6 crore to this fund. This is about 59.3 percent of the total donations to the PM Cares Fund.
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Petrol-gas company is the biggest donor
247 companies have donated in PM Cares. Within 2 years, Rs 4,910.5 crore has been donated to this fund. Oil and Natural Gas Corporation is the biggest donor in PM care (ONGC) has done it. The company has donated a total of Rs 370 crore.
Apart from this, among the top-5 companies, NTPC is at number two by giving Rs 330 crore, Power Grid Corporation at number three by giving Rs 275 crore, Indian Oil at number four by giving Rs 265 crore and Power Finance Corporation at number five with Rs 222.4 crore. .
Ruckus of PM Cares Fund
There was already a dispute regarding the formation of PM Cares Fund. Then there was a lot of criticism for taking donations from Chinese companies and not being accountable to the Parliament. The government submitted a report in the Delhi High Court in January 2023, stating that the control of this fund is not with the Government of India.
The government had said the same thing in an affidavit given in the Supreme Court in 2020, and the Supreme Court had observed that no government money was donated to this fund.
PM Cares donated Rs 3,076.6 crore in 2019-20. In 2020-21, this figure was Rs 10,990.2 crore. Whereas in 2021-22 it has been Rs 9,131.9 crore.