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Modi Govt must return donations by Chinese firms: Captain Amarinder Singh

Captain Amarinder Singh said it would be unfair to use this money at the time when Indian soldiers are being killed by the Chinese army

Tuesday June 30, 2020 8:16 AM, ummid.com News Network

Donation by Chinese firms

Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh Monday said that the Narendra Modi government in New Delhi must return whatever donations the Chinese firms have given to PM-CARES Fund formed to contain the spread of Coronavirus.

Captain Amarinder Singh said it would be unfair to use this money at the time when Indian soldiers are being killed by the Chinese army.

"When this confrontation is going on at this time, if any money has been received that should be returned," Captain Amarinder Singh, himself a war veteran, said.

"I don't think we can afford to take Chinese money when our boys are being killed and Indian territory is being intruded," he said while talking to reporters Monday, according to NDTV.

Citing media reports, the Congress party had on Monday asked the Modi government to clarify whether it has received donations from Huawei, TikTok, PayTm, Oppo, Xiaomi and other Chinese firms.

The Congress said reports suggest that as on May 20, 2020, the fund received Rs 9,678 crore.

"The shocking part is that though Chinese forces have transgressed into our territory, Prime Minister has received money in the fund from Chinese companies," senior Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said.

"No one knows the constitutional or operational framework of the PM-CARES fund and how it is controlled or money given to it utilised. The fund is not even subject to audit by any public authority including CAG. PMO has gone to the extent of saying this fund is not a public authority", Singhvi said.

"The fund appears to be solely run by the Prime Minister in an opaque and secret fashion with zero transparency and zero accountability," claimed Singhvi.

The Congress spokesperson questioned that "if the Prime Minister of India will compromise his position by accepting donations of hundreds of crores from Chinese companies in the controversial and opaque fund, then how will he defend the country against Chinese aggression?"

The Congress alleged that the Modi government continues to sidestep the brazen Chinese transgressions and occupation of Indian territory by Chinese forces in Galwan Valley, Pangong Tso lake area, Hot Springs and Depsang plains upto Y-Junction.

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi unashamedly misleads the nation and serves the sinister agenda of the Chinese by claiming that China has never intruded into the Indian territory, nor is it in occupation of any territory," alleged Singhvi.

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