In a veiled assault in opposition to the Centre for refusing to reveal particulars on the PM CARES Fund, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday mentioned her authorities has nothing to cover on the donations it has acquired.
She mentioned her authorities has thus far bought Rs 190 crore to battle the COVID-19 pandemic and for Amphan aid.
She mentioned the state authorities has launched Rs 6,500 crore and extra can be required.
It has acquired public donations of round Rs 150 crore for tackling COVID-19 and Rs 40 crore for Amphan aid, she instructed reporters on the state secretariat.
“We have now nothing to cover on how a lot we now have acquired. We’re not shying away from speaking about it,” she mentioned in a veiled assault in opposition to the PMO’s refusal to reveal particulars on the creation and operation of the PM CARES Fund, telling a RTI applicant that the fund just isn’t a public authority underneath the ambit of the RTI Act, 2005.
The Prime Ministers Citizen Help and Aid in Emergency Conditions (PM CARES) Fund was set as much as settle for donations and supply aid through the COVID-19 pandemic and different related emergencies.
“We have now used no matter help we now have acquired from the widespread individuals for his or her trigger. I can guarantee that the fund can be utilized in a really clear method by the federal government for public goal and never for some other trigger,” Ms Banerjee, who’s among the many harshest critics of the BJP-led authorities on the Centre, mentioned.
“I thank the widespread individuals for serving to us with this fund. I’ve seen that folks have helped us with donations of Rs 50 for COVID-19,” she mentioned.