Direct Benefit Transfer for LPG Scheme to be extended to 35 more districts from September 1; Amravati in Maharashtra included.
The Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dr M Veerappa Moily has approved roll out of Direct Benefit Transfer for LPG (DBTL) scheme in 35 more high Aadhaar coverage districts from September 1, 2013. this total number of districts to be covered by DBTL Scheme comes to 55.
This will add about 1.4 cror
e LPG consumers in these 35 districts taking the total number of LPG consumers to 2.12 crore to fall in the ambit of DBTL for receiving LPG subsidy directly in their bank accounts
12 districts in Kerala, 7 districts in Andhra Pradesh, 7 in Himachal Pradesh, 5 in Punjab, 2 Madhya Pradesh and one each in Maharashtra & Goa will be covered in the current phase. Amravati in Maharashtra, which has achieved an Aadhar coverage of 75% and South Goa in Goa, which has an Aadhar coverage of 87% are among the districts being covered.
The DBTL scheme has been a resounding success which was launched on 1-6-2013 in 18 districts and on 1-7-2013 in Mysore(Karnataka) district and on 1-8-2013 in Mandi district (Himachal Pradesh) to cover 20 high Aadhaar coverage districts in 8 States and 2 UTs.
About 4 million direct cash transfers have been effected to consumers’ bank accounts by 09.08.2013. These transactions amounted to Rs. 150.6 Crore transferred in the hands of LPG Consumers in these districts.
Government of India had envisaged launch of Direct Benefit Transfer for LPG (DBTL) scheme with an aim to curb leakages and prevent black-marketing and provide subsidy to consumers in their bank accounts. In these districts the subsidy on LPG cylinders is being provided directly to consumers in their Aadhaar linked bank accounts.
All Aadhaar linked domestic LPG consumers get an advance of Rs 435 in their bank account as soon as they book the first subsidized cylinder before delivery. As soon as, the first subsidized cylinder is delivered to such consumers, the next subsidy will again get credited in their bank account, which can then be available for the purchase of the next subsidized cylinder at market rate.