DBT-LPG subsidy scheme begins in Ajmer, Indore

Direct Benefit Transfer scheme for LPG subsidy begins from Tuesday in Ajmer district of Rajasthan. Ajmer was the only district of the state to be included in the launch of second phase in the country three months ago. Consumer will now have to pay Rs. 891.50 to the dealer for a LPG cylinder. Those consumers who do not have Aadhar card or have not seeded their Aadhaar number and bank account have been provided a grace period of three months to do so. District Logistics Officer Sunita Daga told that according to the scheme one subsidy will be in advance in consumer bank account. Subsidy amount will be transferred into the bank account after one day of booking of LPG cylinder refill. Those people who want to avail DBT scheme must submit Aadhaar details mandatorily. Aadhar card of 93% people of the district have been made and administration has asked remaining people to quickly enroll for Aadhaar. The problem is that till now Aadhaar numbers of only 22% people have been linked with their bank accounts. There are about 3.5 lakh LPG consumers in Ajmer district served by 38 gas agencies. Consumer will have pay Rs. 891 for a cylinder while government will transfer subsidy amount of Rs. 477 which means that the consumer has to spend Rs. 389 for a cylinder from his pocket.

Similar to Ajmer, the scheme also began in Indore district of Madhya Pradesh. LPG consumer in Indore will now have to pay Rs. 1006.50 to his/her distributor while the subsidy amount will be transferred into the Aadhaar linked bank account. Out of 8 lakh LPG consumers in the district, only 35000 have successfully linked their Aadhaar with bank account and only these will avail direct subsidy benefits while the rest have will get subsidized cylinder for three months.

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