The earthquake which rattled Nepal on 25th April 2015 has done a lot of damage to the country. Many countries, organizations and individuals have extended their helping hand in this hour of crisis.
Many of you have donated, and many of you will be donating necessary items and money via select sources.
A major source that is being highlighted by many corporate houses and individuals is the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF), which accepts voluntary contributions from Individuals, Organizations, Trusts, Companies and Institutions, etc.
They are asking you to donate your money in the PMNRF pool for the people of Nepal. There is no doubt that PMNRF has the trust of the people, so it is better to donate here than any of the countless dubious NGOs.
But there is a catch.
The official website of PMNRF (pmnrf.gov.in) reads:
The acceptance of donations in PMNRF is subject to the following terms :–
1. Contributions from Government/budgetary support or from the balance sheets of PSUs are not accepted in PMNRF.
2. Conditional contributions, where the donor specifically mentions that the amount is meant for a particular purpose, are not accepted in the Fund.
3. PMNRF provides relief only to the citizens of India. Hence contributions wherein the donor mention that the amount is meant for the foreign citizens/calamities abroad, are not accepted in the Fund.
Here is screenshot highlighting the third point:
If the PMNRF, by law, is meant to provide succour to affected Indian citizens only, how can then our donation help the people of Nepal? The NDRF – working full steam in Nepal – gets its funds from the PMNRF. This, technically, is going around the stated objectives of the PMNRF. Helping is not a problem. What the government must do now is to either change the stated objective or provide a clarification.