‘Modi gave Rs 5.27 cr to RSS NGO in Tamil Nadu from CM relief fund’
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An RTI application filed by a Mumbai-based NGO has revealed that Chief Minister Narendra Modi gave away Rs 5.27 crore from CM Relief Fund to Seva Bharthi, a Tamil Nadu-based NGO run by RSS, for post-tsunami rehabilitation works.
Kutch-based businessman Ramesh Joshi, who runs NGO Kutch Ladayak Manch in Mumbai, had sought the expenditure details of CM Relief Fund for the last 12 years.
According to Joshi, Modi also gave Rs 10 lakh to Nagpur police commissioner from CM Relief Fund for foiling a terror attack at RSS headquarters in 2009.
The land line number posted on Seva Bharthi's website was found to be belonging to RSS office.
The organisation's website claims, "Seva Bharthi is a socio-cultural organisation carrying out service activities based on the ideals propounded by great men like Swami Vivekananda, Sri Aurobindo, Mahatma Gandhi, Dr K B Hedgewar and Sri M S Golwalkar... Since its inception in 1989, it has progressively expanded its activities to cover all the 28 states and 7 union territories of India."
The RTI replies also reveal that on December 26, 2004, Modi sent Rs 5 crore to Tamil Nadu, Rs 2 crore to Andaman Nicobar, Rs 1 crore to Andhra Pradesh and Rs 1 crore each to Orissa and Pondicherry governments after these states were hit by tsunami. However, the Orisaa government returned the money for the reasons unknown.
"The saddest part of Mr Modi is the fact that on December 23, 2004, three days before he sent Rs 10 crore to five states, five poor families of Bharuch district had suffered a crisis due to a fire incident. One of the victims, Maniben Prabhubhai Machhi, received only Rs 2,000 from the CM's fund which is supposed to give relief to people belonging to the state," Joshi said in a press release.
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