Modi streamlines functioning of Prime Minister's National Relief Fund

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today reviewed the functioning of the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund (PMNRF) and suggested several qualitative changes in the way the fund is managed.

Modi directed that the Gujarat model should be emulated in selection of beneficiaries.

He directed 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.

The prime minister said life-threatening diseases should be accorded priority, and cases should be decided on need and merit, a PMO statement said.

He also directed that pendency in appeals for help should be minimised and the draw to select the cases should be conducted in a manner that does not leave out any genuine case.

It was decided that a letter from the prime minister should be sent to all beneficiaries.

Beneficiaries whose appeals have been approved for grant of relief will be informed through an SMS alert, it said.

The PM's National Relief Fund was established in 1948 with public contributions to assist displaced persons from Pakistan.

The resources of the PMNRF are now utilised primarily to render immediate relief to families of those killed in natural calamities like floods, cyclones and earthquakes and to the victims of major accidents and riots.

Assistance from PMNRF is also rendered for medical treatment like heart surgeries, kidney transplantation, cancer treatment etc.