Jharkhand has become the first state in the country to implement Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) in Kerosene Scheme.
The scheme is being implemented in four identified districts of the state from 1st of October 2017. These districts are Chatra, Hazaribagh, Khunti and Jamtara.
About Direct Benefit Transfer in Kerosene (DBTK) scheme
- Under the DBTK scheme, PDS kerosene will be sold at non-subsidised price and the subsidy will be directly transferred to consumers directly into their bank accounts.
- This initiative was launched by Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry on the lines of a similar DBT programme for LPG subsidy.
- It aims at rationalising subsidy based on the approach to cut subsidy leakages but not the subsidy.
- It will give priority to eliminate subsidized Kerosene from supply chain for better targeting of beneficiaries.
- It also seeks to eliminate pilferage and black-marketing and cut down adulteration of the Kerosene, a cheap cooking and lighting fuel with diesel.