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The Supreme Court held that funds received into the PM-CARES Fund need not be credited to the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) for the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The court held that there is “no statutory prohibition on individuals to make voluntary contributions to NDRF” under the Disaster Management Act of 2005.
- The government was of the stand that PM-CARES was a “public charitable trust” to which “anyone can contribute”.
The provision of the act (that the Supreme Court left untouched) holds that the National Authority shall recommend guidelines for the minimum standards of relief to be provided to persons affected by disaster, which shall include the minimum requirements to be provided in the relief camps in relation to shelter, food, drinking water, medical cover and sanitation; special provisions to be made for widows and orphans; ex gratia assistance on account of loss of life as also assistance on account of damage to houses and for restoration of means of livelihood, among other things.
-Source: The Hindu