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'Expect greater satisfaction by DBT beneficiaries in 5-6 mths'

Last Updated: Monday, April 29, 2013 - 16:00

New Delhi: Admitting there could be hiccups while covering the entire country under direct benefit transfer (DBT) scheme, Plan panel Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia Monday exuded confidence that its beneficiaries will have greater satisfaction in the next 5-6 months.

"My guess is that in next five to six months in most of the areas where scheme is being rolled out (and where it is already rolled out), you will get very high rate of satisfaction", Ahluwalia told reporters on the district magistrates' meet on the issue here.

"...After that, scaling it up for country as a whole is practical problem but it will be very clear that the scheme is well designed and it can be implemented", he added.

The government had called the meeting of district magistrates of all the 121 targeted districts to discuss ways to address hitches that may have been detected in implementation of the scheme.

The meeting to review the progress of DBT, was addressed by Finance Minister P Chidambaram, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh, Petroleum Minister Veerappa Moily besides Ahluwalia.

At the meeting, the DMs apprised the ministers and officials of the progress of the scheme in their area including 43 districts where the scheme is operational since January 1.

The DBT scheme is to be rolled out in 78 more districts on July 1, after which it would have covered one fifth of the country.

According to Ahluwalia the meeting would help the government to find out where it "needed to concentrate to remove hurdles".


First Published: Monday, April 29, 2013 - 16:00
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