Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has asked the Centre to return CSR donations made by industrialists from his state to the PM CARES fund, saying the money could be used for welfare of the state. In a recent interview to PTI, he also said that the country has a right to know about the donations in the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM CARES) fund.
The statement comes days after Baghel went public with details of contributions made to the chief minister’s relief fund. “The country has the right to know about the PM CARES fund. They (people) should know. There is nothing to hide anything on it,” he said.
Baghel said he has told Prime Minister Narendra Modi that donations to the PM CARES fund have been made by the industrialists of the state as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility. “I have told the PM that the money (CSR fund donation to the fund) is of Chhattisgarh. It is ours. It is of the people of the state. Give that money to us so that we can take decisions for their benefit and welfare,” he said.
Going public with the details of donations made in the chief minister’s relief fund, Baghel had on Monday said Rs 56.4 crore was received between March 24 and May 7 by commercial and social organizations, firms, government staff and citizens. — PTI