Direct Benefit Transfer launched in Haryana

The Aadhaar based Direct Benefits Transfer (DBT) scheme was launched by chief minister of Haryana Mr. Bhupinder Singh Hooda in the state on 1st February 2013. Under this scheme the bank account of the beneficiary is linked with his/her Aadhaar number and all the cash or subsidy is transferred directly into the account without the need of any intermediary party. The DBT scheme is launched in two districts of the state viz. Ambala and Sonepat covering a total of 7 different schemes for directly transferring the benefits into the beneficiaries’ bank accounts. Around 16148 people from two districts are going to be benefited through Aadhaar based this scheme. The scheme was started by receiving an email by the Deputy Commissioners of the two districts which were sent to them by chief minister himself. All these beneficiaries have already enrolled for Aadhar card while the work of issuing of Aadhaar number is still in progress for some people. Bank accounts are also being opened and they are being linked with the Aadhaar numbers of the beneficiaries.

Few more than 3000 beneficiaries were the first receiver of this new scheme. Around Rs. 3.20 crore were transferred on the very first day of the scheme. According to the earlier announcement in January, Ambala was the only district of the state declared by the central government where the DBT scheme will be implemented from February 1 added to which Sonepat has also been included under this scheme. The chief minister also praised the scheme saying that it is more transparent and will add security to the people’s benefits. Mr. Hooda added that the direct benefit transfer scheme will be implemented in the entire state after March 2013 once it is found to be a successful one in these two districts.

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