Published on: September 22, 2022 at 22:36 IST
Justice KT Thomas, a former judge of the Supreme Court, has been nominated for appointment to the Board of Trustees of the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations fund (PM CARES fund).
The newly-nominated trustees, Ratan Tata, Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons; retired Justice KT Thomas, former Supreme Court judge; and former deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha Kariya Munda, attended a meeting of the Board of Trustees of the PM CARES Fund on Tuesday, which was presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The Trust also decided to propose notable persons for the advisory board of the fund.
Among them are Anand Shah, co-founder of Teach for India and former CEO of Indicorps and Piramal Foundation, former Comptroller and Auditor General of India Rajiv Mehrishi, and former chairman of the Infosys Foundation Sudha Murthy.
The PM welcomed the trustees as an essential component of the PM CARES Fund.
According to Modi, the addition of fresh trustees and advisors will give the PM CARES Fund’s operations a wider perspective.
He highlighted that their breadth of public life experience would provide more vigour to make the fund more responsive to varied public demands.
Other PM CARES Fund trustees, Home Minister Amit Shah, and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also attended the meeting.
According to an official statement, a presentation was given on the different projects funded by the PM CARES Fund, including the PM CARES for Children programme, which is assisting 4345 kids.
Modi thanked the nation’s citizens for their generous donations to the PM CARES Fund.
There was discussion of PM CARES’s bigger vision for effectively reacting to emergency and distress situations, which includes taking capacity-building and mitigation steps in addition to providing relief assistance.
KT Thomas, an Indian former judge who served on the Supreme Court of India, was born on January 30, 1937, and is well-known for his passionate views on Indian socio-political issues.
In 2007 the Indian government presented him with the Padma Bhushan for his contributions to societal issues.
The Supreme Court bench led by Justice Thomas upheld the death penalty in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.