LPG consumers to get LPG subsidy through DBT from October 1

The government has formulated the plan to transfer the subsidy amount of LPG cylinders of 14 crore consumers through Aadhaar based platform from October 1. According to the sources as the number of LPG consumers are large, time will be needed to open bank accounts of them and link them with the Aadhaar numbers. Banks have also been asked to get ready for such implementation. The bank account of each LPG consumer will be credited with Rs. 4000 annually as the subsidy amount for a total of 9 subsidised LPG cylinders. UIDAI has issued 32 crore Aadhaar numbers till now but the problem is that only 80 lakh bank accounts have been linked with Aadhaar numbers in the country. The scheme will be launched as a pilot project in 20 districts from 15 May. Consumer has to buy LPG cylinder at the market price while the subsidy amount will be credited into its Aadhaar linked bank account. The government is hopeful that this implementation will bring an end to the problem of fake LPG connection and misuse of the LPG cylinder.

The Maharashtra government has taken the decision to make Aadhaar mandatory for government employees in six districts including Mumbai city, Pune, Wardha, Amravati and Nandurbar. The employees have been given the time till June for obtaining their Aadhaar number. The decision will also be applicable on government aided educational institutes. The salary and pension amount of the beneficiary will be transferred directly into the Aadhaar linked bank account. This will prevent those employees who are taking advantages of illegal income through different sources. According to an analysis such a decision will save a sum of Rs. 5 crore every year for the state government.

In the Ambala district of Haryana about 92% people have enrolled for Aadhaar while 70% have been issued their Aadhaar numbers. The district authorities have asked the people to enrol themselves for Aadhaar as early as possible because Aadhaar will be needed in the future for accessing various welfare schemes from the government. The district administration has urged people to enrol for Aadhar card as it will be required for various schemes whether it is LPG subsidy, pension scheme, scholarship or any other programme.

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