Left Menu
Development News Edition

Baghel asks Centre to return CSR donations made by Chhattisgarh industrialists to PM CARES

PTI | New Delhi | Updated: 15-05-2020 14:37 IST | Created: 15-05-2020 14:37 IST
Baghel asks Centre to return CSR donations made by Chhattisgarh industrialists to PM CARES

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has asked the Centre to return CSR donations made by industrialists from his state to the PM CARES fund, saying the money could be used for welfare of the state. In a recent interview to PTI, he also said that the country has a right to know about the donations in the Prime Minister's Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM CARES) fund.

The statement comes days after Baghel went public with details of contributions made to the chief minister's relief fund. "The country has the right to know about the PM CARES fund. They (people) should know. There is nothing to hide anything on it," he said. Baghel said he has told Prime Minister Narendra Modi that donations to the PM CARES fund have been made by the industrialists of the state as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

"I have told the PM that the money (CSR fund donation to the fund) is of Chhattisgarh. It is ours. It is of the people of the state. Give that money to us so that we can take decisions for their benefit and welfare," he said. Going public with the details of donations made in the chief minister's relief fund, Baghel had on Monday said Rs 56.4 crore was received between March 24 and May 7 by commercial and social organizations, firms, government staff and citizens.

Meanwhile on Wednesday, the PM CARES fund trust decided to allocate Rs 3,100 crore for the fight against COVID-19. The PM CARES fund was set up in late March, with the primary objective of dealing with any kind of emergency or distress situation, like posed by the coronavirus pandemic, and to provide relief to the affected.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had on Saturday demanded an audit of PM CARES fund and said the account of money received in it and spent be made public. To a question on workers returning from different parts of the country to Chhattisgarh, Baghel said the state has done all preparations and has made around 16,499 quarantine centres in villages.

"We are all ready. But then there will be people in large numbers who would be coming into the state, so a feeling of fear, whether or not somebody is infected among them, is always there," he said. Baghel has also demanded from the Centre that the states be given the rights to decide on red, orange and green zones for the classification of containment areas.



Pride in the time of coronavirus: a welcome move online?

This year is different in many ways not least as celebrations are also taking place against the dramatic backdrop of a global health crisis and a resurgence in grassroots activism following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. ...

COVID-19: Weighing up the benefits and limitations of edtech platforms

Edtech companies shouldnt focus on merely pushing contents, but to provide an interactive, effective teaching and learning environment. ...

Shipping industry's COVID-19 resilience test could boost digitalization

The push towards digitalization in shipping industry was already happening and has been further accelerated by the pandemic as current practices are not tenable under present circumstances and would definitely not be in the future....

Health is pure science but why objectivity eludes WHO

We certainly need a global body to coordinate responses against health emergencies. However, this sheer need of humanity on this planet should not be milked by the World Organization WHO to overshadow constructive criticism and call for ref...


Latest News

50 people killed, many missing following Jade mine's collapse in Myanmar

At least 50 people died and many others are still missing after Jade mine in Hpakant township of Myanmars Kachin state collapsed on Thursday, Xinhua reported citing the local village administration officeCaused by the monsoon rains, the lan...

Pak army resorts to firing along LoC in two sectors in Poonch

Pakistani troops resorted to firing in various forward areas in twin sectors along the Line of Control LoC in Jammu and Kashmirs Poonch district on Thursday, prompting the Indian Army to give a befitting reply, officials saidAt around ...

Babri trial: Uma Bharti appears before CBI court

Senior BJP leader Uma Bharti Thursday appeared in person before a special CBI court here conducting trial in the 1992 Babri mosque demolition case.  The CBI court is currently recording the statements of 32 accused under CrPC section 3...

Amid COVID-19 spread, devotees offer prayers during Chardham Yatra

After months of closure due to COVID-19 spread, devotees residing in Uttarakhand on Thursday visited the Himalayan temples of Badrinath and Kedarnath to offer prayers. At Badrinath, as a precautionary measure to contain the spread of corona...

Give Feedback