DCT is not possible in West Bengal

The Aadhaar based Direct Benefit Transfer scheme is not possible to be implemented in West Bengal at present because till now only 19% of the state’s population has been covered under Aadhaar. It will not be possible before 2 to 3 years to implement the scheme in the state at a significant level. Jyotipriya Mullick said that the DCT will cause unemployment. He added that the state government has always opposed the government’s ambitious scheme.

In Goa, few more than 7500 beneficiaries received their first payment under the Griha Aadhaar scheme on 11 January 2013. The beneficiaries were credited Rs. 1000 each directly into their bank accounts. The scheme is for the housewives with annual income up to Rs. 3 lakh. An official said that so far we have received 30000 applications for this scheme.

The Communist Party of India (CPI) said that they are against this scheme and will launch a campaign against this scheme. A member of the party said that the party will launch a signature campaign in Mumbai and its aim will be to collect 5 lakh signatures against this scheme. The party is demanding to take back this scheme. The party accused the scheme for diverting people’s attention.

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