Bringing some of his style of functioning in Gujarat to the Centre, PM Narendra Modi Saturday issued directions to emulate Gujarat model in selection of beneficiaries in the PM’s National Relief Fund, giving priority to the poor and children.
According to a statement from the PMO, Modi reviewed the functioning of the PMNRF and “suggested several qualitative changes in the way the fund is managed”.
Referring to the Gujarat model, Modi said that the selection of beneficiaries should be done in a more “comprehensive, scientific and humanitarian basis, giving priority to children, poor, and cases from government hospitals”.
“Life-threatening diseases should be accorded priority, and cases should be decided on need and merit,” the statement said. It was also decided a letter from the PM should be sent to all beneficiaries.
The fund was established in 1948 with public contributions to assist displaced persons from Pakistan. It is now utilised primarily to provide relief to families of those killed in natural calamities and to victims of major accidents and riots. The fund is entirely from public contributions and does not get any budgetary support.
Modi also reviewed the functioning of the other funds during Saturday’s meeting.