Prime Minister's National Relief Fund

Assisting Indian citizens in the event of natural disasters, major accidents, riots, or certain medical treatments

In pursuance of an appeal by the then Prime Minister, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru in January, 1948, the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund ("PMNRF") was established with public contributions to assist displaced persons from Pakistan.

The resources of the PMNRF are now utilized primarily:

  • To render immediate relief to families of those killed in natural calamities and victims of major accidents and riots. Some natural calamities include:
    • Floods
    • Cyclones (or Hurricanes / Typhoons)
    • Earthquakes
    • Tsunamis
  • Assistance from PMNRF is also rendered, to partially defray the expenses for medical treatment like:
    • Heart surgeries
    • Kidney transplantation
    • Cancer treatment
    • Acid attack, etc.


The fund consists entirely of public contributions and does not get any budgetary support. The corpus of the fund is invested in various forms with scheduled commercial banks and other agencies. Disbursements are made with the approval of the Prime Minister. PMNRF has not been constituted by the Parliament. The fund is recognized as a Trust under the Income Tax Act and the same is managed by Prime Minister or multiple delegates for national causes.