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Ex-babus question clarity in PM-CARES Fund

PRESS TRUST OF INDIA 

New Delhi, Jan 16: A group of 100 former civil servants wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday raising questions over transparency in the PM-CARES Fund. They said it is necessary that,

 for reasons of pro-bity and adher-ence to stan-dards of public accountability, the financial details of receipts and expenditures be made available in order to avoid doubts of wrongdoing.

 “We have been keenly following the ongoing debate about the Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations, or ‘PM-CARES’, a hind created for the benefit of peo-ple affected by the Covid pandemic. 

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Both the purpose for which it has been created as well as the way it has been administered has left a number of questions unanswered,

” they said in the letter. “It is essen-tial that the position and stature of the Prime Minister is kept intact by ensuring total transparency in all dealings the Prime Minister is associated with,” they said.

 The letter was signed by former IAS officers Anita Agnihotri, SP Ambrose, Sharad Behar, Sajjad Hassan, Harsh Mander, P Joy Oommen, Aruna Roy, former diplomats Madhu Bhaduri,ICP Fabian, Deb Mukharji, Sujatha Singh and former IPS of-ficers AS Dulat, PGJ Nampoothiri and Julio Ribeiro among others. 

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