Thursday, 7 July, 2022
TopicRelief fund

Topic: relief fund

Finance ministry paves way for individual contributions to NDRF, 15 years after Act was passed

Amid row over PM-CARES, the finance ministry has issued a memorandum outlining the procedure by which a person or institution can contribute to the NDRF.

Karnataka govt declares 3rd relief package worth Rs 512 cr for maize farmers & ASHA workers

Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa had earlier announced financial packages of Rs 1,610 crore and Rs 162 crore, for those in distress because of Covid-19 induced lockdown.

Govt safety net for poor ‘has little for now’ — Express, Mint adds, liquidity & ‘no freebies’

A round-up of the most important reports in major newspapers around the country – from TOI and HT, Express and The Hindu to The Telegraph, Mumbai Mirror and The Tribune, as well as top financial dailies.

India spends 1% GDP on Covid relief, can do more: IMF chief economist Gita Gopinath

Speaking at the digital Off The Cuff, Gita Gopinath also said there was a lot of uncertainty around DGP forecasts, which are being revised based on ground realities. Read the full text here.

Modi govt unlikely to classify donations to CM fund as CSR despite demand from states

Modi govt feels states should have no problem in mobilising CSR funding since donations to states’ disaster management authorities for Covid-19 qualify as CSR.

Modi govt employees irked by pressure to donate to PM CARES Fund to fight Covid-19

The revenue dept under finance ministry has gone a step ahead, appealing to officials to donate a day’s salary every month until March 2021. This has added to the resentment.

Donations to PM CARES allowed under CSR, but not to states or CMs: Corporate ministry 

A set of FAQs released by the ministry clarified that contributions to the PM CARES fund and ex-gratia payment to casual workers come under CSR spending.

Centre approves Covid-19 emergency package for states & UTs, funds to be released in phases

The Health Ministry said the package will be implemented in three phases over the next four years, with funds for the first phase already released.

PM CARES gets Rs 6,500 crore donation in a week, 3 times more than what PMNRF got in 2 yrs 

Besides dealing with public health emergencies like Covid-19, PM CARES will also be used to fund research, ramp up healthcare and pharma facilities.

Modi govt needs to open the JAM for public contributions. PM Care alone can’t deliver

With the Jan Dhan, Aadhaar, Mobile trinity, not just the Indian government can deliver coronavirus-related relief efficiently, but even citizens can help others.

On Camera

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni sporting an Army insignia on his glove during the India-South Africa

MS Dhoni is the rainbow of Indian cricket, a cult figure who inspires youth across nation

Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s honest self-assessment always put the interests of Indian cricket ahead of any desire to build a ‘legacy’ for himself.
Illustration by Soham Sen

Keep calm and carry on: Unlike wheat, rice isn’t hot yet

The world is worried that India might restrict exports of rice after wheat, pushing prices higher and worsening global food security.

Defence

Nepali Gorkhas to be recruited in Indian Army through Agnipath scheme, here is how

Similar to terms for Indian soldiers, the Nepalis would be inducted for 4 years, after which only 25 per cent would be retained.

Moral, political & ideological questions on Maharashtra: 1st is simplest to answer, 3rd trickiest

What is Shiv Sena’s ideology? We might say it’s been a convenient mix of extreme ethnic chauvinism & unforgiving Hindutva. Within the second, the party retained space to manoeuvre.
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