Jairam Ramesh to launch DCT scheme in Andhra Pradesh

Jiaram Ramesh, Union Rural Development Minister, will launch the Aadhaar based Direct Cash Transfer scheme from Gollaprollu Mandal of East Godvari district of Andhra Pradesh on 2nd January. Neetu Kumari, DM of the district informed about this news. She added that the launch will include transfer of salaries, pensions and other welfare schemes directly into the bank accounts of the beneficiaries. She has asked all the concerned officials to ensure that the beneficiaries of the scheme have their Aadhaar number linked with their bank account and those who do not have a bank account, they must open one now.

Gollaprollu is one of those regions where the first phase of the DCT scheme will be implemented. She said that out of the 42 shops in the mandal, 35 shops have been chosen to be included in this scheme. She also said that the subsidy will not be transferred immediately but will transferred after 1 month after receiving funds from the higher level.

The reports are also saying that as the date for the DCT launch is inching closer, the central government is asking banks to provide banking facilities in the rural areas and has directed to setup a minimum of 1 branch or business correspondent agent in the rural areas with the population of 1000 to 1500 families. There is a banking branch or BCA in about 74000 villages out of a total of 600000 villages in the country. The regions where there is no business correspondent agent (BCA), common service centre (CSC) will be setup that will act as BCA. The Finance Ministry had recently issued a circular asking the banks to make sure that every beneficiary has access to banking facilities either through BCA or CSC.

The government is ensuring that it completes all the preparations before the launch of the Aadhaar based Direct Cash Transfer scheme from January 1.

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