Government cuts down launch of cash transfer scheme
The Centre has scaled down the launch of its ambitious Direct Cash Transfer scheme to cover 20 districts, instead of 43 as planned. It has also kept LPG also out of its ambit for now.
Why this scaling down?
The move has been made because a significant number of beneficiaries in the targeted districts do not have bank accounts to receive cash and the Aadhaar enrolment is also insufficient.
Initially, 51 districts across 16 States were selected to be covered by the scheme, under which cash subsidy benefit will directly go to the bank account of the beneficiaries having Aadhaar number.
Which states will be covered in initial phase?
The states are: Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab and the UTs of Puducherry, Chandigarh and Daman and Diu.