Armed forces gave Rs 203.67 cr from day’s salary to PM-CARES Fund

Written by Shyamlal Yadav
| New Delhi |

Updated: December 18, 2020 7:59:16 am

Earlier, RTI responses showed contributions of Rs 204.75 crore from seven public banks and other financial institutions including Reserve Bank of India, apart from Rs 21.81 crore by several central educational institutions, all from staff salaries.

Not only PSUs, academic institutions and public sector banks but also the three armed forces — Indian Army, Indian Air Force and Indian Navy — have contributed in a big way to the PM-CARES Fund. Together, the three services contributed Rs 203.67 crore from a day’s salary of their personnel.

While the Indian Air Force and Indian Navy provided information to The Indian Express under the RTI Act, the Indian Army did not respond to the RTI application. It did, however, post a Twitter message on May 15 regarding its contribution.

The IAF, in its response dated November 25, stated that a total of Rs 29.18 crore was contributed from April to October “by IAF personnel to PM Cares Fund”.

It provided a monthly break-up of its contribution –April: Rs 25.03 crore; May: Rs 75.24 lakh; June: Rs 1.08 crore; July: Rs 73.93 lakh; August: Rs 61.18 lakh; September: Rs 50.27 lakh; and, October: Rs 46.70 lakh.

The Indian Navy, in its response dated December 9, stated that between…

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