The Ministry of Defence issued a notice in the Office Memorandum on May 5, 2020. It proposed the donation of one day salary every month from May 2020 to March 2021, to the Prime Minister Citizens’ Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situation (PM CARES) Fund. The notice proposed all the employees of the Ministry of Defence, Armed forces, Defence PSU’s and other organizations. However, the contribution is voluntary and not mandatory. The contribution to PM CARES fund is explicitly to fight against COVID-19.
Details of the Notice
Any officer or staff can contribute to any or all the months. The people willing to donate have to intimate their willingness to Drawing and Disbursing Officer in writing. Also, they have to mention their employee code. Joint Secretaries of concerned Department of Defence have to ensure the initiation of action on the above lines. The Inter-Service Organisations and other institutions under the administrative control of the Department of Defense have to initiate the action. In effect, the Secretaries of respective departments and Secretary of Defense Finance have to coordinate with units/organizations/offices. Furthermore, Hon’ble Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh approved the notice. Notably, a similar notice of donation to PM-CARES Funds was posted on April 1, 2020.