Chandigarh rolls out Direct Benefit Transfer scheme



Chandigarh: The Chandigarh Administration on Tuesday rolled out the ambitious Direct Benefit Transfer scheme of the Centre which would benefit 1,384 persons.

This roll out of Aadhaar-linked Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) of funds, under schemes sponsored by the Central Government and UT Administration, would enhance efficiency and transparency; eliminate drags, pilferage and falsification etc.

"Chandigarh is one of the districts identified by Government of India where the Direct Benefit Transfer scheme is to be rolled out. In the first phase, direct cash subsidy will be transferred for eight schemes being run by Chandigarh Administration including six schemes of Govt of India and two of UT Administration' UT Advisor K K Sharma said launching the scheme," an official spokesman claimed.

He said that out of the 34 central sector/centrally sponsored schemes identified by the Centre, Chandigarh Administration had identified eight schemes of Director Higher Education and Director Public Instructions(s) (including two schemes of UT Administration).

These schemes include post-matric scholarship for SC students, post-matric scholarship for OBCs, post-matric scholarship for students with disabilities, post-matric scholarship scheme - Minority, Merit cum Means Scholarship Scheme, UT Merit Scholarship, UT Merit Scholarship& Pre-Matric Scholarship for SC Students.

He said that key aspects of roll out of DBT in Chandigarh are - 80 per cent population of Chandigarh that has been enrolled under Aadhaar and the Administration's goals towards Financial Inclusion. "We are fortunate to have succeeded in overcoming various challenges otherwise inherent in each of these aspects of DBT," he added.

He also said that the Finance Department, Education Department, Department of Information Technology have put in concerted efforts along with Punjab National Bank and the UIDAI's regional office in Chandigarh to enable the roll out of Direct Benefit Transfer in Chandigarh.

The Aadhaar enabled scheme will facilitate the pay out of direct cash subsidies to targeted beneficiaries and will enable the union government to plug leakages in social spending schemes.

He said that it is worth mentioning that in June this year, as one of the front-runner states/UTs in the country, Chandigarh Administration had issued the notification to accept Aadhaar as a valid Proof of Identity and Proof of Address.

Around 1,400 beneficiaries are being covered through this roll-out of direct transfer of cash subsidies amounting to Rs 46.35 lakh annually.

Sharma said that the Chandigarh Administration is working towards roll out of more schemes, in the next phase.

PTI