Cash transfer scheme roll-out in 20 districts from Jan 1

Tags: News
The government will roll out its ambitious scheme of transferring cash to beneficiaries of select schemes in 20 districts tomorrow, but food, fertiliser and fuel subsidies will not be covered in the initial phase.

Announcing the roll-out plan, Finance Minister P Chidambaram said that more and more districts and schemes would be covered under the scheme during the course of 2013.

"We are proceeding with caution. 20 districts from January 1... All 26 schemes are ready for rollout. On January 1, the seven schemes in which pay out is due in the (20 selected) districts, the money will be transfered through the direct benefit transfer system using the UIDAI platform," he said.

The Minister, however, clarified that subsidies relating to cooking gas (LPG), kerosene, diesel, food and fertilisers will not be included in the first phase of the roll-out.

"At the moment there is no intention to transfer subsides on food, fertiliser, diesel and kerosene through direct benefit transfer. Here, existing system will continue because they are complex issues," he said.

On subsidy on LPG, the Minister clarified, "I don't know when it will be covered. It is not covered in the first phase."

The Minister said that scheme will be rolled out in 43 districts by March 1 - 20 districts from January 1, 11 districts from February 1 and 12 districts from March 1.

By end of 2013, Chidambaram said, the direct cash benefit transfer will be rolled out in all the districts of the country.

He said the subsidies would be transferred to the beneficiaries' bank accounts if they do not have an Aadhaar number.

EDITORIAL OF THE DAY

  • PSU banks can take a lesson from their private peers on disclosures

    The country’s top private lenders ICICI Bank and Axis Bank declared their fourth quarter earnings recently and both stepped up their asset quality d

FC NEWSLETTER

Stay informed on our latest news!

TODAY'S COLUMNS

Tushar Gandhi

An unexplored side of rural enterprise

What is rural enterprise? Ask this qu­estion and 9 out ...

Rajgopal Nidamboor

Timeless idiom of mindful living

Each of us, according to scholar-historian Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, is familiar ...

Dharmendra Khandal

So, how do we define a 'vermin'?

These days there’s an ongoing debate whether to declare various ...

INTERVIEWS

William D. Green

Chairman & CEO, Accenture