Not just 7 or 26 but all the welfare subsidy schemes should be included in the direct benefit transfer scheme. These are the world of Montek Singh Ahluwalia. Mr. Ahluwalia added that though the governments like Chhattisgarh are not in favour of the scheme but states like Delhi and Madhya Pradesh are keen to implement this scheme in their respective states. Deputy Chairman of the planning commission said that once implemented at the policy level, the decision should be left on the state government whether to go with the cash transfer scheme or continue with the traditional way of service providing.
Unlike the Finance Minister P Chidambaram, Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh feels that the Aadhaar based direct benefit transfer is not a magical wand and there are difficulties at each level in implementing this and making it a success. Mr. Ramesh launched the Aadhaar based DBT scheme at a village in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. He added that this is the planet’s largest experiment in administrative reforms. He also said that the Aadhaar should be primarily for those people who are going to be benefited through various welfare schemes from the government.
The government has launched DCT scheme in 20 districts from January 1 that includes 7 schemes and the government is hopeful of expanding it in the entire nation by the end of the next year.