Maharashtra CM fund receives Rs 342 cr in donations till mid-May; Rs 23 cr spent on COVID-19, Rs 55 cr on migrant fare, reveals RTI query

The Chief Minister's COVID-19 Relief Fund in Maharashtra received Rs 342 crore in donations till around mid-May, of which Rs 23.82 crore had been spent on controlling the virus's spread while Rs 55.20 crore went towards facilitating the journey of migrant workers to their home states, an RTI query has revealed

Press Trust of India June 02, 2020 08:38:20 IST
Maharashtra CM fund receives Rs 342 cr in donations till mid-May; Rs 23 cr spent on COVID-19, Rs 55 cr on migrant fare, reveals RTI query

Mumbai: The Chief Minister's COVID-19 Relief Fund in Maharashtra received Rs 342 crore in donations till around mid-May, of which Rs 23.82 crore had been spent on controlling the virus's spread while Rs 55.20 crore went towards facilitating the journey of migrant workers to their home states, an RTI query has revealed.

The fund had received Rs 342 crore in its dedicated account till 19 May, but the state government has spent only Rs 23.82 crore so far to control the virus, the query revealed, citing figures provided by the government.

The application in this regard was filed by RTI activist Anil Galgali under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

Maharashtra CM fund receives Rs 342 cr in donations till midMay Rs 23 cr spent on COVID19 Rs 55 cr on migrant fare reveals RTI query

A total of Rs 342.01 crore has been deposited in the fund till 18 May, 2020. Of this, Rs 79.82 crore has been spent, of which only Rs 23.82 crore went towards arrangements related to COVID-19, the reply said. PTI

According to the reply, the highest amount of Rs 55.20 crore has been spent to facilitate journey of migrant workers to their home states, while Rs 80 lakh was allocated to the families of victims (also migrant labourers) of the Aurangabad train accident which took place on 8 May.

Galgali had sought details of the total amount deposited in the fund's account and the sum allocated for relief.

Milind Kabadi, assistant accountant officer, CM Relief Fund, furnished the details of the deposited and allocated amount.

A total of Rs 342.01 crore has been deposited in the fund till 18 May 2020. Of this, Rs 79.82 crore has been spent, of which only Rs 23.82 crore went towards arrangements related to COVID-19, the reply said.

Out of this, Rs 20 crore was allotted to St. George's Hospital in Mumbai and Rs 3,82,50,000 was given to the state's Department of Medical Education, it said.

The amount attributed to funding journey of migrant labourers has been transferred to the respective district collectors so that train fare can be paid on time to the Railways, the reply said.

The fare of migrant labourers located in 36 districts of the state has been pegged as Rs 53.45 crore. The train fare of labourers from Ratnagiri district has been quoted as Rs 1.30 crore and that Sangli district labourers have been quoted as Rs 44.40 lakh, it said.

According to the reply, for the families of 16 labourers, who died in the rail accident in Aurangabad district, financial assistance of Rs 80 lakh (Rs 5 lakh per deceased person), was provided from the account.

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