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Direct Benefit Transfer for LPG touches 1-mn mark

Within weeks of its launch, the ambitious direct benefit transfer programme for cooking gas (LPG) crossed a million transactions mark with Rs 41 crore of subsidy given to consumers directly.

'The Direct Benefit Transfer for LPG (DBTL) scheme, launched in 18 districts on 1 June, has thus far been a great success with more than 1 million (10 lakh) direct cash transfers to consumers' bank accounts,' an official statement said. A sum of Rs 41 crore has been transferred in the hands of LPG Consumers in these districts. Government launched DBTL scheme in 18 high Aadhaar coverage districts benefitting 67 lakh consumers. 'The scheme aims to curb leakages and prevent black- marketing and provide subsidy to consumers in their bank accounts. In these 18 districts the subsidy on LPG cylinders is being provided directly to consumers in their Aadhaar linked bank accounts,' it said.

Under the scheme launched on 1 June, LPG consumers get Rs 435 in their bank accounts when they book an LPG cylinder. They are then expected to use this cash subsidy to buy a LPG refill at market price which is roughly the double of Rs 410 per 14.2-kg subsidised rate in Delhi. The scheme was to be rolled out in 20 districts initially but the launch in Mysore in Karnataka and Mandi in Himachal Pradesh has been put off by a month due to assembly and Parliamentary bypolls there, the official said.

The government intends to extend the scheme to rest of the country before the end of the year but wants to see results in the 20 districts first. The districts selected have high Aadhaar or unique identification number penetration.Government will give a three-month grace period to people to procure the UID number and seed it with their bank accounts where cash subsidy has to be transferred.
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