What is Prime Minister National Relief Fund?

Prime Minister National Relief Fund

Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) in India is the fund issued to provide help to people suffering from natural and man-made disasters. Natural disasters covered under this are flood, cyclone, earthquake etc. Man-made disasters covered under this fund are major accidents, acid attacks, riots etc. The Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) was established in 1948, with public contributions to assist displaced persons from Pakistan.

The fund is also issued to the people for treatment like cancer, kidney transplantation, heart surgery etc. The fund was first consolidated during the time of the first prime minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru.

The fund consists of completely public contributions and does not get any budgetary support. The money of the fund is invested with scheduled commercial banks in various forms. Disbursements are made with the approval of the Prime Minister.

PMNRF has not been constituted by the Parliament. The fund is recognized as a Trust under the Income Tax Act and the same is managed by Prime Minister or multiple delegates for national causes.

PMNRF operates from the Prime Minister’s Office, South Block, New Delhi-110011 and does not pay any license fee. PMNRF is exempt under the Income Tax Act, 1961 under Section 10 and 139 for return purposes. Contributions towards PMNRF are notified for 100% deduction from taxable income under section 80(G) of the Income Tax Act, 1961. Prime Minister is the Chairman of PMNRF and is assisted by Officers/ Staff on the honorary basis. Permanent Account Number of PMNRF is AACTP4637Q.

Applicants can apply for the grant of financial assistance through an application form addressed to the Prime Minister. Applicants, applying for grant of financial assistance for medical treatment, are required to enclose two passport size photographs of patient (one pasted on application, another stapled with application), copy of residence proof, original medical certificate incorporating the type of disease and estimated cost of expenditure and copy of his/her income certificate. After receipt of an application, the same is considered and disbursements are made at the sole discretion of the Prime Minister, keeping in view availability of funds and prior commitments of the PMNRF.

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