Mumbai: The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed the petition seeking transfer of all contributions made to the National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF) to the PM Care Fund.
The apex court said that money from the Fund could not be deposited or transferred, and also claimed that there was no need for a new National Disaster Management Plan.
A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan, comprising RS Reddy and MR Shah, said that voluntary contributions to NDRF can always be made as there is no statutory prohibition under the Disaster Management Act. The court said, however, that money from the PM Cars Fund cannot be transferred to it.
The bench also said that the COVID-19 pandemic did not require a new national disaster relief plan and that the minimum standard of relief issued under the Disaster Management Act was sufficient.
The Supreme Court dismissed the petition, stating that there is no barrier for citizens or corporates to deposit funds in the NDRF and clarified that the PM Cares Fund is completely separate from the NDRF.
The decision comes on a petition filed by the NGO ‘Center for Public Interest Litigation’ stating that all PM care funds for the COVID-19 pandemic should be transferred to the NDRF.