On accepting serious faults in heeding direct benefit transfer scheme by Prime Minister, the Prime Minister Office (PMO) has instructed all the ministries to pay attention to the functioning of the scheme. The work of preparing digital database of the beneficiaries of the second phase of DBT scheme beginning in 78 new districts from July 1 has also been asked to accelerate. A letter has been written from the PMO to secretaries of all the ministries to make them remember about the decision which were taken during a meeting held on 5 April regarding analysis of the first phase of the scheme which began in 43 districts from January 1. The letter has directed all the concerned departments to start their work so that the second phase can be started at the defined time.
Finance Minister P Chidambaram said that the government is planning to provide subsidy on the LPG cylinder through direct benefit transfer scheme. Talking at a press conference he said that he will meet petroleum minister M Veerappa Moily and discuss about subsidy on LPG through DBT. He said that we want to include LPG subsidy under DBT as early as possible. However, he added that the description of this has not been prepared yet. He also accepted that there have been some complaints in the first phase of DBT implementation. He also said that DBT will be implemented in the whole country by the end of the financial year.
On the other side M Veerappa Moily has confirmed that LPG subsidy through DBT will be implemented in 20 districts from 15th of next month. He also said that the database of the LPG consumers is also ready so there is no problem for them on the technical level.