Aadhar linked direct benefit transfer for cooking gas cylinders will be launched on October 1 for Chandigarh. An official spokesman said that through DBTL (Direct benefit Transfer for LPG) the government has decided to extend the scheme for cooking gas cylinders in 235 more districts in a phased manner by January, 2014.
The scheme has already been launched in 54 districts of the country covering 21.9 million LPG consumers. The spokesman added that Rs 222 crore subsidy has already been transferred through 5.3 million transactions into the bank accounts of LPG consumers so far.
Under the scheme, cash subsidy is transferred for LPG cylinders directly into the bank accounts of the LPG consumers, while the sale happens at the market price.
In order to avail transfer of cash subsidy into the bank account, Aadhaar number of the LPG consumer has to be linked to LPG consumer number and his bank account, for which a three months' grace period from the date of launch is being provided, he added.
During the grace period, all consumers continue to get LPG cylinders at subsidised rate. After the grace period is over, all LPG consumers have to pay for LPG cylinders at the market rate, he added.
The spokesman advised the LPG consumers to obtain Aadhaar number and link it to their LPG consumer number and to their bank accounts if they wish to avail the subsidy at the earliest.