The Prime Minister’s Office has helped 12,858 needy since Narendra Modi took charge as Prime Minister.In reply to an RTI query, the PMO revealed that a total of 29,678 applications were received from people across the country seeking financial assistance between May 26, 2014 and August 31, 2015. Of these, 4,059 applications were rejected while the rest are pending.
Narendra Modi heads the PMNRF and disbursement out of the fund is made at his discretion in accordance with his directions.According to the PMO’s response, Rs 174.9966 crore was disbursed from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) to 12,858 needy persons, according to the PMO’s response.
In May last year, a teacher from Bukandshahr in UP, who sought financial help for the marriage of his two sisters, received Rs 50,000 from the PMO.
According to the RTI reply, a maximum of 6,178 applications were received from Uttar Pradesh followed by 4,204 from West Bengal, 3,852 from Maharashtra and 2,568 from Kerala.A total 1,251 applications were received from Tamil Nadu and assistance was extended in 733 cases while 132 were rejected. No application was received from Daman & Diu while six applications each were received from Goa, Lakshadweep, Puducherry and Nagaland. A total of 1,541 applications were received from Karnataka and 614 were approved. From Telangana 253 applications were received and sanction was granted in 119 while 86 applications were rejected.
The PMNRF website say — “The Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund is primarily utilised to render immediate relief to families of those affected by natural calamities like floods, cyclones and earthquakes etc. and to victims of major accidents and riots. In addition to this, the PMNRF provides financial assistance to indigent patients for treatment of major diseases at Government/PMNRF empanelled hospitals to partially defray the expenses”.