A meeting to review the preparedness of Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT)-LPG was conducted under Satyagopal, secretary, food and civil supplies and consumer affairs, on Saturday.
While reviewing the preparedness, Satyagopal observed that while more than 80% of LPG consumers in Chandigarh had an Aadhaar number, the seeding of Aadhaar numbers with gas agencies (37%) and banks (9%) was quite low.
He felt immediate need for aggressive public awareness programme. He desired that apart from advertisement in newspapers, oil companies should create awareness among the public through hoardings and banners. He also urged the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to continue sending SMSes to consumers and banks to assure that Aadhaar number received by them must be seeded within 24 hours.
To avail the subsidy, the beneficiary must give his copy of Aadhaar card to the LPG distributor and the bank. The LPG distributor will give the Aadhaar number to the oil marketing companies (OMCs) which in turn will directly transfer money to the beneficiaries' account.
All LPG consumers who have not linked their Aadhaar number to LPG consumer number and their bank account will have a three-month grace period from the date of launch to do so. During this period they will continue to get the LPG cylinders at subsidised rate, as they are getting now, up to the cap of nine cylinders.
After the end of grace period i.e. January 1, 2014, LPG cylinders will be sold to all domestic LPG consumers at the market price of `955. However, the subsidy will be transferred to only those who have linked Aadhaar number to LPG consumer number and bank account and others will not get any subsidy.
The DBT scheme will ensure that the benefit reaches intended beneficiary thereby curbing wastage/ leakage in the subsidy delivery system.
Deputy Commissioner M Shayin, additional deputy commissioner Tanvi Garg, joint director food and civil supplies Danish Ashraf and other officers from the UT administration, UIDAI, banks and representatives of oil companies were also present in the meeting.