- Apprentice Lawyer
A contempt plea has been filed before the Supreme Court against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for not formulating the National Disaster Mitigation Fund (NDMF) as directed by the top court in 2016.
The plea by a congress spokesperson from Maharashtra, Dr. Sanjay Nilkanthrao Lakhe Patil has claimed that there has been "wilful disobedience" on the part of the respondents in complying with the directions of the top court in 2016 verdict in Swaraj Abhiyaan vs Union of India.
The apex court in that judgment had noted that even after 10 years of Disaster Management Act having been passed by the Parliament, the National Disaster Mitigation Fund was not created and, thus, directions were issued to formulate one within three months then.
Patil states that he had received an email in March this year demanding donation into the PM Cares Fund. However, it averred that all objectives of the PM Cares Fund tally with those of NDMF.
Thus, it has been submitted that since the PM Cares Fund tallies with NDMF, the PM Cares fund be covered and synchronized as per the Disaster Management Act, 2005, since "it cannot be left at the mercy of board of trustees of PM Cares Fund."