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Manipur accepts, Chhattisgarh refuses DBT scheme

At one side where the government is planning to extend its ambitious Aadhaar based DBT scheme in different parts of the country, at the other side Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh has refused to implement this scheme in his state. He said about this at a program in a district of the state. During his speech he said that ration to people through direct cash transfer instead of public distribution system (PDS) is impractical. He added that by formulating country’s first food security act, Chhattisgarh government has guaranteed to provide grain at cheap price to more than 42 lakh poor families. Through this act we will improve the functioning of PDS. Supreme Court and Planning Commission have also praised PDS of Chhattisgarh.

While Chhattisgarh Chief Minister has refused DBT scheme, Chief Minister of Manipur has some different thoughts about it. O Ibobi Singh, Manipur CM, said that his government is preparing to implement Aadhaar platform based DBT scheme in the state. He added that the benefits of various welfare schemes like pension, scholarship etc. will soon be directly transferred into the Aadhaar linked bank account of the beneficiary.

Finance Minister P Chidambaram has said that the implementation of DBT scheme will reduce corruption by up to 95%. He said that through direct benefit transfer the corruption involved in providing benefits of welfare schemes will reduce. The money of people will directly reach into the hands of the people. He said that the situations that were 20 years back have changed.

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