Pre-matric scholarships to minority community students should also be paid through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) to ensure disbursal without delay and transparency, Centre has told the states.
LPG consumers across the country will from Thursday get cash subsidy directly into their bank accounts so that they buy the cooking fuel at market price.
Reiterating her government`s opposition to Direct Benefit Transfer for LPG scheme, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to put on hold the roll out of proposed Phase-II of the project.
Jairam Ramesh said that there is a need to be "very very careful" to ensure that "lack of a Aadhaar number does not become an alibi of exclusion of the beneficiary".
Finance Minister P Chidambaram will hold consultations with Congress leaders on February 14 amid expectations that the 2013-14 Budget will be a promising affair replete with populist schemes.
SAD MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal said the UPA government wanted to "lure voters" through cash transfer scheme for the next Lok Sabha elections.
Major earthquake rattles Nepal, India
Day in Pics: 26th April
Showbiz World - April 26, 2015