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Rollout of Cash Transfer Scheme in 20 Districts Today

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TNI Bureau: As a token of new year gift to the common people, the government will  today roll out the Direct Transfer of Benefits into the beneficiaries’ accounts in selected 20 districts of the country.

The Direct Benefit Transfer system will be implemented in seven schemes, which includes post-matric scholarship for S/C Students, Pre-matrict scholarship for OBC students, Post-Matric scholarship for S/T students, Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahayata Yojna, Dhan Laxmi Scheme and Stiphened to trainees under the scheme of welfare of S/C, S/T Job seekers through Coaching-cum-Guidance on Vocational Training.

In a joint press conference with Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari, in New Delhi yesterday, Finance Minister, P. Chidambaram said, “the scheme will be rolled out in 11 more districts on Feb 1 and 12 more districts will join on March 1 and cover all the districts of the country by the end of 2013.”

Responding a question, Mr. Chidambaram said that food, fertiliser, diesel and kerosene subsidies would not be transferred in cash to beneficiaries under the scheme.

The Finance Minister also clarified that credit and withdrawal from all accounts will take place irrespective of the fact whether the beneficiaries  have AADHAR card or not.

Mr. Manish Tewari said that the scheme would benefit around two lakh people in the country.

The scheme aims at providing benefits of several government welfare schemes directly to the beneficiaries’ bank accounts to plug leakages and reduce delays in their transfer.

However, it is remain to see whether this scheme will work as the “Game Changer” for UPA –ll after allegations of series of corruptions.

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