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Jatinder Kohli, Hindustan Times
Jalandhar, August 23, 2013
Even as the flagship project of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA), Direct Benefit Transfer for LPG (DBTL) is set to start in the district from September 1, the district officials are totally confused about its implementation, which is likely to hit a major roadblock.
Only eight days have been left for the implementation of DBTL, but the officials have not any information about number of bank accounts linked with Aadhaar numbers and Aadhaar card numbers with the LPG connections.

Well-placed sources revealed that a video-conferencing was held between the secretary, planning, and UID director with gas agencies, lead bank manager and district food and supply controller at district administrative complex where they were informed about linkage of Aadhaar to LPG connections and Aadhaar to bank accounts.

Hindustan Times talked with several district officials on Friday but they showed their helplessness to give information about percentage of linkage of Aadhaar to LPG connections and bank accounts.

Assistant commissioner (G) Sanjeev Sharma asked to contact the district food and supply controller, who is nodal officer of the scheme and said he will be able to tell only on Monday after collecting information from officials concerned.

District food and supply officer Tarwinder Singh Chopra who is nodal officer of the scheme said he was unaware about the number of bank accounts with Aadhaar card and Aadhaar number linked to LPG connections.

While, lead bank manager Jagdish Narang also said he has also not any information about number of bank accounts seeded with Aadhaar numbers.

As of now, in Jalandhar, Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) has 30 gas dealers, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) has eight and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) has seven gas dealers. There are 5.2 lakh LPG consumers, of which 3.5 lakh are registered with IOC, HPCL has 98,000 consumers and 80,000 are registered with BPCL.

As per the DBT scheme, consumers seeking subsidy on LPG need to give their Aadhaar number to Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) or their gas agencies and to the bank where they have an account for linking it with their LPG consumer number.

The consumers, who have linked their Aadhaar number with the LPG connection and the bank account, will be able to get subsidy amount transferred into their accounts in advance on the booking of the first subsidised cylinder itself.

After the delivery of the first cylinder, they will get cash subsidy in advance into their account for the purchase of next cylinder. The cash subsidy will be available for the purchase of maximum nine LPG cylinders in a year as per government's policy.

KEY FIGURES

Total LPG consumers 5.2 lakh
IOC   3.5 lakh
BPCL  80,000
HPCL  98,000