PMO staff to give a day’s salary for flood relief

  • Saubhadra Chatterji, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Sep 12, 2014 00:26 IST

In the government establishment, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office Thursday made the first move to donate for the relief and rehabilitation operations in flood-ravaged Jammu and Kashmir.

A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held an emergency meeting to assess the situation in the state an official statement said, “All officers and staff of the Prime Minister’s Office are voluntarily contributing one day’s salary to the PM’s National Relief Fund.”

Around 380-390 staff will be donating a part of their salary.

Insiders feel that the PMO’s initiative will also act as a motivating force for all other departments to follow suit and contribute heavily to the PM’s national relief fund.

Incidentally, the PM’s relief fund is currently utilised in four rehabilitation projects out of which three are related to flood/cyclone. Rehabilitation scheme for tsunami-affected states and Kosi flood-affected areas of Bihar and a package for the victims of Aila Cyclone are the ongoing projects in the PMO.

During the UPA period, the donation-drive generally started with Congress president appealing to all party MPs and MLAs to donate a month’s salary for the affected people.

This approached worked for Uttarakhand flood victims, the Kosi floods and even during economic slowdown to show solidarity with common man.

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