Jairam Ramesh launched DBT in Andhra Pradesh

Jairam Ramesh, Union Rural Development Minister on Sunday launched the “Aapka Paisa Aapke Haath” Scheme or the Aadhar based Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) Scheme in a village of East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. East Godavari is one of the 4 districts which are involved in the first phase launch of the scheme began this month. The scheme is launched in 20 districts in January which is expected to benefit about 2 lakh people in the first month. The remaining 23 districts of the first phase will be covered in the next 2 months. The other three districts include Hyderabad, Anantpur and Chittoor. Rangareddy is expected to be included in February under this scheme. The scheme launched is mainly for MGNREGP and Social Security Pensions. He was accompanied by N Kiran Kumar Reddy, chief minister of the state and other political leaders at the launching ceremony.

According to UIDAI, the district has 43,69.162 enrollments done so far which falls short of the Hyderabad district with 50,30,327 enrollments. He also paid wages to MGNREGP workers using micro ATM. He said that,” By the end of August 2013, every gram panchayat, mandal and district will be on the micro ATM network. You need not run to banks or post-offices to get money. Money will come to you at your doorstep”.

The district collector said that,” We have already linked 7.74 lakh bank accounts with UID and the rest will be completed soon”.

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