Can't disclose PM CARES Fund's third-party information: PMO
New Delhi: Prime Minister's Office (PMO) on Thursday stated that the third-party information about PM CARES Fund cannot be disclosed to the public.
Prime Minister's Office told Delhi High Court that irrespective of whether PM CARES is "State" or "Public Authority", it is not permissible to disclose third-party information.
To ensure transparency, the audited report is put on the official website of the 'Trust' along with the details of utilization of funds received by the Trust, PMO informed the court.
Also, the court was informed that PM CARES Fund is a "trust" whose funds are audited by an auditor who is a chartered accountant drawn from the panel prepared by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CGI).
As per the constitution of the trust, Prime Minister is the ex-officio Chairman of the PM CARES Fund and Minister of Defence, Minister of Home Affairs and Minister of Finance, Government of India are ex-officio Trustees of the Fund.
The Chairperson of the Board of Trustees (Prime Minister) shall have the power to nominate three trustees to the Board of Trustees who shall be eminent persons in the field of research, health, science, social work, law, public administration and philanthropy. Any person appointed a Trustee shall act in a pro bono capacity.
The PM CARES Fund has been registered as a Public Charitable Trust. The trust deed of PM CARES Fund has been registered under the Registration Act, 1908 at New Delhi on 27th March, 2020.