Initially slated for 146 districts in FY2013-14, finance minister P Chidambaram announced last week that it would roll out in 269 districts (including Delhi) by January 1, 2014.
Currently, customers get up to 9 subsidised cylinders from cooking gas companies. Under DBT, they will get cylinders at market price. The subsidy gets transferred in their bank accounts.
The minutes of a high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said, “There should be no postponement of the switchover to a single price system for LPG sales.” If dates are postponed, consumers will be sure of further postponement and there will be no sense of urgency to the LPG- DBT programme.”
In the first phase of LPG DBT in 20 districts, 16.6 lakh subscribers benefitted and the Centre transferred R131 crore through DBT.